- to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
- to make physically comfortable.
- Obsolete. to aid; support or encourage.
- relief in affliction; consolation; solace: Her presence was a comfort to him.
- a feeling of relief or consolation: Her forgiveness afforded him great comfort.
- a person or thing that gives consolation: She was a great comfort to him.
- a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction: The patient's recovery was a comfort to the doctor.
- a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys his comfort.
- something that promotes such a state: His wealth allows him to enjoy a high degree of comfort.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a comforter or quilt.
- Obsolete. strengthening aid; assistance.
Origin of comfort
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Examples from the Web for comfort
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
The doctor tells me I can walk on it right away, “as comfort allows.”You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Liberals either boast or comfort themselves that their own beliefs push humanity forward.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
But, if anything, the endurance made the desire for comfort food even greater.
Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.
God knows I ain't discountin' the comfort I've always took in him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.
You are welcome to all the comfort you can find in your present situation.Brave and Bold
However, there was one comfort—English tongues answered, if it was only with denials.
Everybody was drawn to her, yet not a soul took any comfort in her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- a state of ease or well-being
- relief from affliction, grief, etc
- a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
- obsolete support
- (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
- to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
- to bring physical ease to
Word Origin and History for comfort
late 13c., conforten "to cheer up, console," from Old French conforter "to comfort, to solace; to help, strengthen," from Late Latin confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fortis "strong" (see fort). Change of -n- to -m- began in English 14c. Related: Comforted; comforting.
c.1200, "feeling of relief" (as still in to take comfort in something); also "source of alleviation or relief;" from Old French confort (see comfort (v.)). Replaced Old English frofor. Comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.