to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to:They tried to comfort her after her loss.
to make physically comfortable.
[Obs.]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.
Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]a comforter or quilt.
[Obs.]strengthening aid; assistance.
Anglo-French, Old French, noun, nominal derivative of the verb, verbal
Late Latin confortāre to strengthen, equivalent. to con-con- + -fortāre verb, verbal derivative of Latin fortis strong; (noun, nominal) Middle English
Anglo-French, Old French conforter
(verb, verbal) Middle English comfortien, variant of confortien,conforten 1175–1225
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pacify, calm, solace, gladden. 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.