Definition of comforting in English:

comforting

adjective

  • 1Serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress.

    ‘we would like to thank our family and friends for their support and their comforting words’
    • ‘Just knowing that I do not have to go through this alone is more than comforting.’
    • ‘Ryan reached over and put a comforting hand on Marilee's shoulder.’
    • ‘Usually the noise of my best friend's family is comforting, but today it was overwhelming.’
    • ‘It is comforting to think that his was a death with dignity and solitude.’
    • ‘It's comforting to know the business is in good hands.’
    • ‘The ideal best friend would have found something incredibly nice or comforting to say.’
    • ‘"At least it's comforting that we're together, and we can give each other support if we need it," he said.’
    • ‘The concept of a tragic flaw, after all, is strangely comforting, even absolving.’
    • ‘They both share the same psychiatrist and are completely dependent upon him as a comforting father figure.’
    • ‘There was something comforting about being an intern, to feel that there was always someone above you to call, even at 3am.’
    • ‘It is always more comforting to know that someone else feels the same way you do.’
    • ‘Talking to friends and family, even your minister, can be comforting.’
    • ‘It's comforting to know that there are some things in life that are constant.’
    • ‘She was grateful for his comforting words and reassuring gestures.’
    • ‘After seeking help from counselors and advice from friends, Betsy and Jack tried to establish as many comforting routines as possible.’
    console, solace, bring comfort to, give solace to, condole with, give condolences to, commiserate with, give sympathy to, sympathize with
    help, support, succour, ease
    reassure, soothe, assuage, calm, relieve, cheer, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, encourage
    buck up
    consoling, consolatory, condoling, commiserative, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, solicitous, gentle, tender, warm, protective, caring, loving
    helpful, supportive, easing
    reassuring, soothing, assuaging, calming, relieving, cheering, heartening, uplifting, encouraging
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    1. 1.1Serving to improve a person's mood or restore a sense of physical well-being.
      ‘a comforting bowl of soup’
      • ‘Describing his cooking as a homely and comforting blend of English and European, Mark is passionate about his trade and prides himself as someone who does not compromise on quality.’
      • ‘There truly aren't many better, more comforting smells in the world than baking bread.’
      • ‘There's nothing quite like a big pot of comforting soup bubbling away on the stove.’
      • ‘My house is warm, cosy and comforting.’
      • ‘I can smell the comforting aroma of butter and black-peppered fluffy baked potato.’
      • ‘I need silence, and I've forgotten just how relaxing and comforting it can be.’
      • ‘Cooking time can, of course, be longer, but what could be better than the comforting smell of home-cooked food wafting through the house?’
      • ‘This is a really comforting soup and it's all in one pot so it would be nice and easy.’
      • ‘When the weather is cold and stormy, we tend to eat more - not just for the cozy feeling of snacking, but because we crave the comforting heat of casseroles, stews and roasts warming us from the inside out.’
      • ‘I have plenty of nourishing and comforting food to eat and never go hungry.’
      • ‘Riz au Lait is the epitome of the French grandmotherly dessert: simple, homely, comforting, sweet and creamy.’
      • ‘Mr. Nelson was just deciding that a cup of tea beside a comforting fire was not an entirely unpleasant notion.’
      • ‘The warm comforting smell of coffee drifts closer carrying with it the protecting arms of home.’

Pronunciation:

comforting

/ˈkəmfərdiNG/