Definition of comfort in English:



mass noun
  • 1A state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.

    ‘there is room for four people to travel in comfort’
    • ‘Instead, you will have green cover greeting your eyes ensuring physical comfort and mental pleasure.’
    • ‘You can have excellent peripheral vision and at the same time, ease, comfort and convenience.’
    • ‘She appreciates the fact that in Bulgaria, there is all the convenience and comfort of regular utility services like water, electricity, and heating.’
    • ‘Obviously, food selection can have an impact on physical comfort during chemotherapy, when mouth sores and mucositis affect the ability to eat.’
    • ‘Although there's little scientific data to support these modalities, they can ease pain and provide comfort for your pet.’
    • ‘Many travellers enjoy the ease and comfort of train travel and, for those who have time on their side, it's a great way to traverse our enormous country.’
    • ‘It nourishes the desire for things higher than mere physical comfort.’
    • ‘The suspension system is an assembly of modular pads that offer improved stability on the wearer's head as well as physical comfort.’
    • ‘In certain Eastern religions, sages and adepts may make sacrifices of their own physical comfort in order to receive enlightenment.’
    • ‘For this second mode of reception we, as an audience, have been trained into wanting physical comfort [in the cinema, at home] with food, drink on hand.’
    • ‘Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace rather than physical comfort.’
    • ‘Does there seem to be a generous supply of equipment, time and space, physical comfort and well being amongst staff and children?’
    • ‘We've learned from our evaluations that physical comfort is much more important to parents than children.’
    • ‘The modular pads of the suspension system offer improved stability and physical comfort.’
    • ‘He seemed concerned about your physical comfort as well.’
    • ‘He doesn't sit in his low-slung leather chair so much as melt into it, his body surrendering at once to a rare moment of physical comfort.’
    • ‘With the ease and comfort of airline travel British and European anglers are travelling to warmer climes for their holidays and taking advantage of this exciting fishing.’
    • ‘These particular do-gooders know what is good for the bulk of people who only want to be able to move around the town with a bit of freedom, ease and comfort.’
    • ‘Between the three of them they lugged the baggage into the building to the elevator where they traveled up the 13 floors in comfort and ease.’
    • ‘Absurdly for something which causes so much damage to its surroundings, the car symbolise comfort, convenience and freedom for the self.’
    1. 1.1comforts Things that contribute to physical ease and well-being.
      ‘the low upholstered chair was one of the room's few comforts’
      • ‘It has a host of modern comforts and conveniences alongside numerous period features throughout its 240 square metres of living space.’
      • ‘Other comforts include allowing travellers with personal headphones to plug into a variety of music channels and complimentary timetable booklets placed on each seat.’
      • ‘When there's nothing left to say, you turn to physical comforts, and pretend that still means something.’
      • ‘Such comforts take the forms of more leisure and ease in life in the field of physical sciences, while in the spiritual field they become rituals and traditions.’
      • ‘Despite having all the physical comforts we could ask for, we pined for Jimmy.’
      • ‘They can be very selfish where their physical comforts are concerned.’
      • ‘It's an even tighter squeeze once he's added the comforts which ease his solitary existence.’
      • ‘Lounge into adjustable reclining seats, manipulate the overhead AC vents to your liking and take your fill of the comforts of luxury travel.’
      • ‘One broad generalization is applicable to all of us in our life: The genetic material we inherit compels us to seek more and more physical comforts and sensual pleasures.’
      • ‘Hot dogs and bug juice may be necessary to sustain life, but physical comforts are an essential ingredient to sustain emotional health.’
      • ‘We should have correction centres with no comforts or special privileges such as colour television or pool tables.’
      • ‘And we surrounded ourselves with personal comforts.’
      • ‘During this time Louis XIV was in power and royalty lived in ridiculous comforts while French commoners starved.’
      • ‘With the wisdom of those past years we need to tweak it a bit because people like their comforts.’
      • ‘This isn't the first time that students have put the comforts of the western world behind them to help in one of the poorest regions of the world.’
      • ‘We cannot be content with ‘cheap comforts, living a warm and comfortable lie.’’
      • ‘They believe that by travelling without the comforts of luxury hotels and first class trains they will truly experience their foreign surroundings.’
      • ‘Participants have been selected from hundreds of applicants to leave behind their families, jobs and home comforts to live together under one roof and conform to strict house rules.’
      • ‘He is, of course, known for his travels within the comforts of the developed world.’
      • ‘In other words, it offers almost all the comforts and luxuries foreign travelers are accustomed to.’
    2. 1.2 Prosperity and the pleasant lifestyle secured by it.
      ‘my father left us enough to live in comfort’
      • ‘In our heady economic comfort, we have lived alone and let our neighbor die.’
      • ‘Today many Han live in comfort, both in the city and the country.’
      • ‘My fortune enabled me to live my life in comfort, but it also gave me too much time.’
      • ‘They are so heavily rewarded for modest finishes that they can live their lives in comfort without having achieved much on their own.’
      • ‘Although conditions ran to the squalid, many immigrants preferred saving their earnings to living in comfort.’
      • ‘How could this be possible, this unfair life of toil, all for a lethargic baron who lived in comfort?’
      • ‘There is a genteel air of comfort and prosperity here and a crisp and clean environment only adds to it.’
      • ‘He sends her to live in comfort in a lonely manor-house, only prohibiting her from seeing him or her children again.’
      • ‘I'm getting to the point where I really could quite happily compromise my morals and standards, find some rich old guy and live a life of comfort and luxury.’
      • ‘The pigs on the other hand did not work at all but lived in comfort.’
      • ‘Having made it through university, they want to live in comfort and make good money working in places such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenzhen.’
      • ‘Diversion and manipulation are niche marketed, the spectacle of prosperity and comfort is produced, and huge profits are made.’
      • ‘He had two children with her but his pension was insufficient to allow the family to live in comfort.’
      • ‘After all, he enjoyed a high position and was living in comfort and luxury.’
      • ‘Despite living in wealth and comfort, the family was far from happy.’
      • ‘The residents and guests of the Grand Hotel live their lives in comfort and splendor, spending their days in the bar or on the dance floor.’
      • ‘Idi Amin is still living in comfort in Saudi Arabia.’
      • ‘Make sure our future duchess will live in comfort.’
      • ‘A world where some live in comfort and plenty, while half of the human race lives on less than $2 a day, is neither just nor stable.’
      • ‘Here, he thought, academics could live in comfort cheek-by-jowl with students in more modest accommodation.’
      ease, freedom from hardship, repose, relaxation, serenity, tranquillity, contentment, content, well-being, cosiness, enjoyment
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  • 2The easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress.

    ‘a few words of comfort’
    ‘they should take comfort that help is available’
    • ‘Do we sometimes think of religion as a soother, that it's about making us feel good, or providing comfort and consolation?’
    • ‘He was accepting words of consolation and comfort from his visitors with such a sad and distressed look on his face.’
    • ‘The couple's only comfort in their grief is that other teenagers may now think twice before getting into a stolen car.’
    • ‘If someone has the gift of speaking words of comfort and help, he should speak.’
    • ‘A family, unused to the centre of the stage and broken in grief, draw comfort from the predictability of the rituals.’
    • ‘As a result of the tragic event of losing a child, these mothers turn to religion for consolation and comfort.’
    • ‘Tears flowed freely and words of comfort and condolence were repeated over and over to the devastated family.’
    • ‘The look on his face is one of genuine grief, empathy and comfort.’
    • ‘We also wish to express our appreciation to all the family, neighbors and friends for their words of comfort and support during this difficult time.’
    • ‘He does, however, see an opportunity for brands to provide consumers with comfort and relief from the anxieties caused by safety fears.’
    • ‘He was given words of comfort and sympathy by fellow MPs in the Commons yesterday following the death of his wife.’
    • ‘She always had a word of consolation and comfort to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.’
    • ‘Colin, recently bereaved, has been invited to tea by his friends, who whilst they nervously await his arrival, are determined to give him some comfort in his grief.’
    • ‘And I warn you in advance that there'll be absolutely nothing here of comfort or consolation.’
    • ‘Her singing had brought great life and joy to many occasions but it had also brought great comfort, support and consolation to those in bereavement.’
    • ‘Numerous too were the funeral Masses he celebrated over the years and he was always a source of comfort and consolation to families in times of grief.’
    • ‘But this was of little consolation or comfort to the latter who for the second year running had lost out at the final hurdle.’
    • ‘There is something very natural about a funeral from the home in which a person has spent their life and it can also be a source of great comfort and consolation to those grieving the loss of a loved one.’
    • ‘Always putting foremost the welfare of others, she was, for many years, a Handmaid in Knock where she helped bring comfort, solace and support to those in need.’
    • ‘I don't know what to say, how to express my feelings to the bereaved, whether to offer words of comfort and sympathy or tell them to be brave.’
    consolation, solace, condolence, sympathy, fellow feeling, commiseration
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    1. 2.1in singular A person or thing that helps to alleviate a difficult situation.
      ‘his friendship was a great comfort’
      • ‘That allows the money to last longer - a comfort for anyone in this situation.’
      • ‘It's a dubious and conflicted comfort, but a comfort of sorts.’
      • ‘As much as that should have been a comfort, a reassurance, it wasn't.’
      • ‘There can be a comfort in having the public perceive you as a talented coach whose hands are tied by financial restraints.’
      • ‘Jackie reassured her, the news a comfort to her ears.’
      • ‘I have also had a number of messages of support from people I have worked with outside the Council and that is a comfort to me.’
      • ‘However, it's a comfort to learn that bacteria and viruses can be eliminated by using only ‘final-rinse’ washing water.’
      • ‘At the age of 17, when I was homeless, all I had were my thoughts and the comfort of pretending that my situation would improve.’
      • ‘The silence that had slid around her in the cold, dark room was not a comfort or a reassurance.’
      • ‘‘You can only admire the sheer professionalism of our service, which is a great comfort when we are in these difficulties,’ he said.’
      • ‘Remembering what she had read about how difficult it was to control wasn't much of a comfort.’
      • ‘Once stark, empty stores are filled with the things that few can buy, but the mere presence of such luxuries is a comfort.’
      • ‘Knowing you are not the only one in this situation is a great comfort.’
      • ‘It was a comfort to know that there were people around who would treat us kindly.’
      • ‘While a great comfort on long or rough rides, there are some situations where a fully locked differential is a benefit.’
      • ‘Now, I look at the last pages of Christopher's and my life together, and his death and funeral and memorial service, and she's done them so beautifully, they are such a comfort.’
      • ‘In many ways this is a comfort and a consolation.’
      • ‘This is not comfortable listening, but you will find a comfort of sorts within its glacial heart.’
  • 3US dialect A warm quilt.


[with object]
  • 1Ease the grief or distress of.

    ‘the victim was comforted by friends before being taken to hospital’
    • ‘Even if no one ever contacts you this way, just the presence of this information comforts edgy customers.’
    • ‘They comfort, console, offer hope, inspire humanitarian endeavors, and can inspire work for justice.’
    • ‘They're there for me - they comfort, cajole, coerce, cohort, conspire, and commiserate.’
    • ‘But tonight I didn't have the time or strength to comfort her, and at that moment I was just as terrified as she was.’
    • ‘Our natural impulse is to soothe, to comfort, to relieve suffering.’
    • ‘Something inside me, possibly my instinct, tells me that I should comfort him, consoling him in any possible way.’
    • ‘The songs on the album prove meditative, probing, and soothing all at once; they comfort without slipping into naivete.’
    • ‘His presence comforts me though - something about his personality makes me feel warm inside.’
    • ‘Police, medical staff, relatives and friends were today comforting the family.’
    • ‘Stories of her presence comforting soldiers in the trenches of WWI abounded.’
    • ‘How your strength comforts me, my gallant warrior; your love is the armour that protects my soul, even unto death.’
    • ‘I was comforted by the presence of Helen and the new baby and by the support of friends.’
    • ‘She doesn't comfort, soothe or sympathise - she is just out to get me as much as she can.’
    • ‘As a consequence the listener really feels soothed and comforted throughout.’
    • ‘And they comforted her with their presence and with their appreciation and just by the fact that they listened.’
    • ‘You do it when the kid is upset, and you have to carry him, and you're trying to comfort him and protect him as you walk.’
    • ‘I held her hand and comforted her, an inadequate gesture for an elderly person about to live on the street in a tent.’
    • ‘My instinct is to soothe and comfort; I can never just walk away.’
    • ‘My friends try to comfort me by suggesting that any publicity is good publicity and that a picture is worth a thousand words.’
    console, solace, bring comfort to, give solace to, condole with, give condolences to, commiserate with, give sympathy to, sympathize with
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    1. 1.1 Improve the mood of or restore a sense of physical well-being to.
      ‘he dined outdoors, comforted by the crackling sounds of the fire’
      • ‘Comfort yourself with its minestrone soup, made Sicilian style - pure vegetables, no pasta.’
      • ‘Players trek into deep jungle and coconut mangroves while comforted by the cool breezes from the ocean.’
      • ‘Her former secretary recalls Daphne dispatching her housekeeper on more than one occasion with a Thermos of soup to comfort some ailing don.’
      • ‘Refreshed and relaxed, Michiko dined outdoors, comforted by the crackling sounds of the fire and hot bowls of rice with roasted guinea hen.’
      • ‘Have you ever started a diet one week, only to comfort yourself with an entire pan of brownies the next?’
      • ‘She could vaguely smell his cologne, a smell that comforted her.’
      • ‘A refreshing breeze comforted the golfers but hampered their game.’
      • ‘The Cape, with its soft sea breezes, had always comforted Tyianne when she vacationed here.’


Middle English (as a noun, in the senses ‘strengthening, support, consolation’; as a verb, in the senses ‘strengthen, give support, console’): from Old French confort (noun), conforter (verb), from late Latin confortare ‘strengthen’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + Latin fortis ‘strong’. The sense ‘something producing physical ease’ arose in the mid 17th century.