- 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 comforted
But his reaction—awed, comforted, peaceful—is just a confirmation.
Although Vanessa comforted herself with the pretence that I had two fathers, in reality—emotional reality, that is—I had none.House of Cads: Growing Up Amid the Weirdness of Bloomsbury
April 10, 2014
Her hand tightened on mine and her head fell back upon my shoulder, but she still trembled and I petted her and comforted her.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
On the day that The Times (of London) reported that Brooks would be questioned by police, she wrote that he had comforted her.Tony Blair Says He Gave 'Informal Advice' to Rebekah Brooks
Nico Hines, Peter Jukes
February 19, 2014
My newly acquired gas mask sits beside me, and I am comforted.On Shopping for Gas Masks on a Wednesday
August 30, 2013
The latter realized that in her present state Evelyn could not be comforted.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Therewith she felt nearer to her poor than ever before, and it comforted her.Weighed and Wanting
It might have comforted her a little, had she known what uneasy moments Martin was having.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I do nothing but beg and pray you to be comforted and overlook it.Little Dorrit
Such were the reflections with which Ormond at first comforted himself.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- 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 comforted
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.