com·​fort | \ ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
comforted; comforting; comforts

Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give strength and hope to : cheer comforted by the knowledge that the program will be fully funded
2 : to ease the grief or trouble of : console The mother comforted her crying child. The bereaved families of the victims were comforted by friends.



Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : strengthening aid:
a : assistance, support accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy
b : consolation in time of trouble or worry : solace He turned to her for comfort when he lost his job.
2a : a feeling of relief or encouragement It's a comfort to know that I can rely on you for help.
b : contented well-being a life of ease and comfort
3 : a satisfying or enjoyable experience Seeing her son again after so many years was a great comfort.
4 : one that gives or brings comfort all the comforts of home Her grandchildren were always a great comfort to her.

Other Words from comfort


comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce comfort (audio) \ adverb


comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs How to pronounce comfort (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of comfort in a Sentence

Verb Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over. Noun These boots provide warmth and comfort in the coldest temperatures. The car's seats are designed for comfort. The suites combine comfort with convenience. The drug gave some comfort to the patient. I found a cozy chair where I could read in comfort. He turned to her for comfort and support when he lost his job. They were great comforts to each other during that difficult time. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This cream moisturizer will comfort, soothe, and restore your skin barrier with its antioxidant and peptide formula. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 15 June 2022 Amid the Rams' celebration, however, Beckham, 29, paused to comfort his fellow athlete, as captured by the broadcast cameras. Ally Mauch,, 31 Jan. 2022 And the opportunities aren’t limited to developers: There are many and varied roles that require heavy use of and comfort with tech tools. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Floyd tried to comfort Hill, conveying his experience of what to do when a life was lost to the streets. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Wednesday’s report offers few signs that would give Fed officials comfort to dial back a more aggressive pace of rate increases this summer. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Members of Connie Dabate’s family, who packed the other side of the courtroom, reached out to comfort one another. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 Free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this Post Shave Balm sinks effectively into the skin to cool and comfort without any tacky residue. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 As for cartridge design, these ones have seven gel pools packed with aloe and panthenol to comfort the skin both before and after the five blades glide across it. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The decision to allow remote work often comes down to the CEO’s comfort level with remote work, and that’s not fair to workers or best for the company. Jeff Allyn, Forbes, 13 June 2022 The medium-firm comfort level is ideal for back and side sleepers looking for extra support. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 10 June 2022 In this cast, Young stood out for his strength and general physical condition, but also for his comfort level in this particular setting. al, 25 May 2022 This approach also involves handing over a lot of personal information, so consider what will be included and your own comfort level. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Board President Sharon Broz noted the district has used TDA for professional design services in the past and has a comfort level with the firm. cleveland, 19 May 2022 Wilson said there was a comfort level in meeting someone through a mutual friend. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 12 May 2022 As of May 4, comfort level was at a 2022 high of 87 percent, up 22 points from a low of 65 percent in January. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 But Kelly thinks the success is mostly attributable to his comfort level. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of comfort


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comfort


Middle English comforten, conforten "to strengthen spiritually, inspire with courage, exort, cheer up, encourage, invigorate," borrowed from Anglo-French conforter, comforter, borrowed from Late Latin confortāre "to strengthen, restore strength to, invigorate, cure" (Medieval Latin also "to cheer, reassure"), from Latin con- con- + Late Latin -fortāre, verbal derivative of Latin fortis "strong, robust" — more at fort


Middle English comfort, counfort "invigoration, encouragement, assurance, feeling of relief, pleasure, gratification," borrowed from Anglo-French comfort, confort, cunfort "solace, encouragement, enjoyment, satisfaction," noun derivative of conforter, comforter "to strengthen, encourage, solace" — more at comfort entry 1

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More Definitions for comfort


com·​fort | \ ˈkəm-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
comforted; comforting

Kids Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to ease the grief or trouble of comfort the sick And deep down inside I am really a nice person, she comforted herself.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby, Age 8



Kids Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : acts or words that bring relief from grief or trouble
2 : the feeling of being cheered
3 : something that makes a person comfortable the comforts of home

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