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comfort

[ kuhm-fert ]
/ ˈkʌm fərt /
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verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of comfort

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English comfortien, variant of confortien,conforten<Anglo-French, Old French conforter<Late Latin confortāre to strengthen, equivalent to con-con- + -fortāre verbal derivative of Latin fortis strong; (noun) Middle English <Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

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1. Comfort, console, relieve, soothe imply assuaging sorrow, worry, discomfort, or pain. To comfort is to lessen the sadness or sorrow of someone and to strengthen by inspiring with hope and restoring a cheerful outlook: to comfort a despairing person. Console, a more formal word, means to make grief or distress seem lighter, by means of kindness and thoughtful attentions: to console a bereaved parent. Relieve means to lighten, lessen, or remove pain, trouble, discomfort, or hardship: to relieve a needy person. Soothe means to pacify or calm: to soothe a child. 8. See ease.

OTHER WORDS FROM comfort

com·fort·less, adjectiveun·com·fort·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH comfort

comfit, comfort
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British Dictionary definitions for comfort

comfort
/ (ˈkʌmfət) /

noun
verb (tr)
to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
to bring physical ease to

Derived forms of comfort

Word Origin for comfort

C13: from Old French confort, from Late Latin confortāre to strengthen very much, from Latin con- (intensive) + fortis strong
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Other Idioms and Phrases with comfort

comfort

see cold comfort; creature comforts; too close for comfort.

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