- The definition of comfort is relief and encouragement or is a person who provides this for another.
An example of comfort is someone knowing that all of their monthly bills have been paid.
- Comfort means to give a sense of peace to someone.
An example of comfort is giving a sad friend a big hug.
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- to soothe in distress or sorrow; ease the misery or grief of; bring consolation or hope to
- to give a sense of ease to
- Law to help; aid
Origin: Middle English comforten ; from Old French conforter, to comfort ; from Late Latin (esp. inch(es) Vulgate of Old Testament ) confortare, to strengthen much ; from Classical Latin com-, intensive plush fortis, strong: see fort
- aid; encouragement: now only in
- relief from distress, grief, etc.; consolation
- a person or thing that comforts
- a state of ease and quiet enjoyment, free from worry, pain, or trouble
- anything that makes life easy or comfortable
- ☆ a quilted bed covering; comforter
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transitive verb com·fort·ed, com·fort·ing, com·forts
- To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
- To ease physically; relieve.
- A condition or feeling of pleasurable ease, well-being, and contentment.
- Solace in time of grief or fear.
- Help; assistance: gave comfort to the enemy.
- One that brings or provides comfort.
- The capacity to give physical ease and well-being: enjoying the comfort of my favorite chair.
- Chiefly Southern & Lower Northern U.S. A quilted bedcover; a comforter.
Origin: Middle English comforten, from Old French conforter, to strengthen, from Late Latin cōnfortāre : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- comˈfort·ing·ly adverb