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comfort definition

Overview

This page has 9 definitions of comfort in English and Dutch, Flemish. Comfort is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use comfort in a sentence are shown. Also define these 11 related words and terms: contentment, ease, consolation, suffering, worry, relief, satisfaction, relieve, distress, comfortable, and comfort.

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English comfort definition

Etymology

The verb is from Middle English conforten, from Old French conforter, from Late Latin confortō (to strengthen greatly), itself from Latin con- (together) + fortis (strong).

The noun is from Middle English confort, from Old French cunfort, confort, from the stem of Late Latin confortō. It replaced Old English frofor, Middle English frovre.

Pronunciation

Noun

comfort (countable and uncountable, plural comforts)

  1. Contentment, ease.
    Sleep in comfort with our new mattress.
  2. Something that offers comfort.
    the comforts of home
  3. A consolation; something relieving suffering or worry.
    We still have the spare tire? That's a comfort at least.
    • Suffering definition
      Experiencing pain.
    • Worry definition
      To be troubled; to give way to mental anxiety or doubt. (1 of 6 worry definitions)
  4. A cause of relief or satisfaction.
    The outcome of the peace negotiations in Moscow in 1940 was a heavy blow to the young nation, but in the same time a great comfort: at least the independency was preserved.

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Verb

comfort (third-person singular simple present comforts, present participle comforting, simple past and past participle comforted)

  1. (transitive) To relieve the distress or suffering of; to provide comfort to.
    Rob comforted Aaron because he was lost and very sad.
  2. (transitive) To make comfortable. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (obsolete) To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      God's own testimony [] doth not a little comfort and confirm the same.
  4. (obsolete) To assist or help; to aid.

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Dutch comfort definition

Etymology

From Middle Dutch confoort, from Old French confort.

Pronunciation

Noun

comfort n (plural comforts, diminutive comfortje n)

  1. Physical comfort, ease.

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