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verb (used with object)
  1. to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
  2. to make physically comfortable.
  3. Obsolete. to aid; support or encourage.
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  1. relief in affliction; consolation; solace: Her presence was a comfort to him.
  2. a feeling of relief or consolation: Her forgiveness afforded him great comfort.
  3. a person or thing that gives consolation: She was a great comfort to him.
  4. a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction: The patient's recovery was a comfort to the doctor.
  5. a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys his comfort.
  6. something that promotes such a state: His wealth allows him to enjoy a high degree of comfort.
  7. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a comforter or quilt.
  8. Obsolete. strengthening aid; assistance.
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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.
Related formscom·fort·less, adjectiveun·com·fort·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcomfit comfort


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1. pacify, calm, solace, gladden. 1, 2. ease.

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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.
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Examples from the Web for comforted

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Historical Examples

  • The latter realized that in her present state Evelyn could not be comforted.

  • Therewith she felt nearer to her poor than ever before, and it comforted her.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It might have comforted her a little, had she known what uneasy moments Martin was having.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • I do nothing but beg and pray you to be comforted and overlook it.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Such were the reflections with which Ormond at first comforted himself.

British Dictionary definitions for comforted


  1. a state of ease or well-being
  2. relief from affliction, grief, etc
  3. a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
  4. obsolete support
  5. (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
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verb (tr)
  1. to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
  2. to bring physical ease to
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Derived Formscomforting, adjectivecomfortingly, adverbcomfortless, adjectivecomfortlessly, adverbcomfortlessness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French confort, from Late Latin confortāre to strengthen very much, from Latin con- (intensive) + fortis strong
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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.

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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with comforted


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

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