comfort

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•fort /ˈkʌmfɚt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to soothe or reassure;
    bring cheer to;
    console: to comfort someone after a loss.
  2. to make physically comfortable:Her job was to comfort the sick.

n. 
  1. words or acts that show concern for someone suffering;
    consolation:[uncountable]spoke a few words of comfort to the dying patient.
  2. a person or thing that gives consolation or relief:[countable]a comfort to her parents in their old age.
  3. a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants:[uncountable]a life of comfort.
  4. something that promotes such a state:[countable]One of his comforts is the color TV in the bathroom.
com•fort•ing•ly, adv. See -fort-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•fort  (kumfərt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to soothe, console, or reassure;
    bring cheer to:They tried to comfort her after her loss.
  2. to make physically comfortable.
  3. [Obs.]to aid;
    support or encourage.

n. 
  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. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]a comforter or quilt.
  8. [Obs.]strengthening aid;
    assistance.
comfort•less, adj. 
  • 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.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ease.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  ease. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

comfort /ˈkʌmfət/ n
  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. (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
vb (transitive)
  1. to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
  2. to bring physical ease to
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French confort, from Late Latin confortāre to strengthen very much, from Latin con- (intensive) + fortis strong

ˈcomforting adj ˈcomfortless adj



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