Definition of comfortably in US English:

comfortably

adverb

  • 1In a physically relaxed way that is free from constraint.

    ‘he lounges comfortably in an armchair’
    • ‘The goggles are not sitting comfortably in the eye socket.’
    • ‘I managed a couple of miles quite comfortably today, which is encouraging.’
    • ‘After her surgery, she is recovering both comfortably and uncomfortably.’
    • ‘She's at peace, in no pain and sleeping comfortably.’
    • ‘I am not tall enough both to have my eyes positioned at the top of the screen and for my feet to rest comfortably on the footrest.’
    • ‘The theater would be warmed with fires beforehand to make it comfortably warm.’
    • ‘I struggled to believe it could be possible to get four people inside, with the front passengers able to stretch their legs comfortably.’
    • ‘In order for the arms to recover comfortably without injury over time, the hips must he down when the arms are at the side.’
    • ‘We learn something about life near the border and the dangers that we, sitting comfortably curled up and reading novels, are safe from.’
    • ‘She sat up in her wheelchair as comfortably as her stout, 94-year-old body would allow.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that is free from stress or tension.
      ‘a group of old friends getting together and chatting comfortably’
      • ‘They have tried their best to get the preparation they need to be able to talk about this comfortably.’
      • ‘The decisions he's made about his life sit comfortably with him.’
      • ‘They are now back to working comfortably in tandem with the conservative movement to destroy even the slightest movement toward health-care reform.’
      • ‘If you are disenfranchised with your particular religion, online you can be any religion you want comfortably, you can explore things.’
      • ‘He had found a persona that he could comfortably inhabit and that would attract customers here and abroad.’
      • ‘It's a nicely adapted version of events, perhaps a little dense with details, but overall it takes the audience comfortably through the motions.’
      • ‘The former Harvard librarian and cranky widower of Glass's richly layered novel is settling comfortably into retirement.’
      • ‘It seemed like everyone genuinely was having a fun time, connecting and chatting comfortably.’
      • ‘I'm not at camp anymore but am comfortably settling in back at home.’
      • ‘He was brought up to fit comfortably into a patriarchal system, but risks ostracism to fight for his abandoned sister's rights.’
    2. 1.2 In a way that is free from financial worry.
      ‘she seems comfortably well-off’
      • ‘Some of the world's top banking groups are rolling out new services for the comfortably wealthy.’
      • ‘Having lots of pictures of dead presidents matters less when you only need a relative few of them to live comfortably.’
      • ‘His mother is comfortably off, very proper, very very middle class, house-proud to a T.’
      • ‘The premise is that no matter how hard you work, you will live comfortably.’
      • ‘His prolific and popular writing allowed him to live comfortably in London, Antibes, and Capri.’
      • ‘I don't live so comfortably in the world.’
      • ‘Once you know the target amount you will need in order to retire comfortably, your financial advisor will be able to help you work out a plan.’
      • ‘An emancipated woman from a comfortably well-off milieu, she was the last member of her family to escape their homeland.’
      • ‘Those programs aimed at the comfortably affluent are not regarded as a burden, while those for the socially invisible underclass are.’
      • ‘During the last 15 years of his life, the artist lived quite comfortably.’
  • 2In a way that gives as much space as is needed or wanted.

    ‘their furnishings fit comfortably inside it’
    • ‘The technology must possess the intrinsic abilities to self-organize, reorganize, and accommodate new data comfortably.’
    • ‘They also have some tents, so a large group can be accommodated comfortably.’
    • ‘The Cadillac seats eight comfortably.’
    • ‘He thinks there's probably enough room for two to play comfortably, but not three.’
    • ‘Many birds feed comfortably on a platform, especially the sparrows, juncos, towhees, and doves.’
    • ‘My sister-in-law saw the forecast and rented a super large tent that we were all able to comfortably gather under.’
    • ‘Ultra-fast laser systems that used to be several boxes (including pump, oscillator, and power supplies) now sat comfortably on an optical bench.’
    • ‘It sits comfortably on your lap, and if perchance it slips onto the carpet, no harm done.’
    • ‘There was enough room for kids to sit comfortably, but not enough room for adults, so it was the perfect place to go when we didn't want to be bothered.’
    • ‘With some bedding rearrangements, it was big enough for four to sleep comfortably.’
    1. 2.1 With a wide margin.
      ‘they went on to win comfortably in the end’
      • ‘They head back to that very base this summer after a year that has comfortably exceeded any aspirations they held before the season's start.’
      • ‘Pro wrestling has taken off and vaulted these three networks comfortably ahead of the pack.’
      • ‘His series of largely autobiographical books dealing with his life in Italy comfortably eclipses his body of fiction.’
      • ‘The young Scot comfortably out-pointed his opponent over the next seven rounds.’
      • ‘Since 1997, they have grown their fee income by 30 percent, year on year, to rank comfortably as the nation's largest legal firm.’
      • ‘After making the cut comfortably and enjoying dinner on the second night of the tournament, he returned to his room to discover it had been burgled.’
      • ‘Their goalscorer is comfortably their best player.’
      • ‘The leading bus and coach operator should cruise comfortably to another set of record results on Tuesday.’
      • ‘They have lost only twice in 17 meetings going back to 1948, and comfortably dealt with them at Wembley in April 1998.’
      • ‘He comfortably won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.5 seconds.’

Pronunciation

comfortably

/ˈkəmftərbli//ˈkəmftərblē/