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’
    • ‘The ideal best friend would have found something incredibly nice or comforting to say.’
    • ‘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's comforting to know that there are some things in life that are constant.’
    • ‘She was grateful for his comforting words and reassuring gestures.’
    • ‘It's comforting to know the business is in good hands.’
    • ‘Talking to friends and family, even your minister, can be comforting.’
    • ‘It is comforting to think that his was a death with dignity and solitude.’
    • ‘After seeking help from counselors and advice from friends, Betsy and Jack tried to establish as many comforting routines as possible.’
    • ‘Just knowing that I do not have to go through this alone is more than comforting.’
    • ‘The concept of a tragic flaw, after all, is strangely comforting, even absolving.’
    • ‘"At least it's comforting that we're together, and we can give each other support if we need it," he said.’
    • ‘It is always more comforting to know that someone else feels the same way you do.’
    • ‘Usually the noise of my best friend's family is comforting, but today it was overwhelming.’
    • ‘Ryan reached over and put a comforting hand on Marilee's shoulder.’
    consoling, consolatory, condoling, commiserative, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, solicitous, gentle, tender, warm, protective, caring, loving
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    1. 1.1 Serving to improve a person's mood or restore a sense of physical well-being.
      ‘a comforting bowl of soup’
      • ‘Riz au Lait is the epitome of the French grandmotherly dessert: simple, homely, comforting, sweet and creamy.’
      • ‘There truly aren't many better, more comforting smells in the world than baking bread.’
      • ‘I can smell the comforting aroma of butter and black-peppered fluffy baked potato.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The warm comforting smell of coffee drifts closer carrying with it the protecting arms of home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have plenty of nourishing and comforting food to eat and never go hungry.’
      • ‘There's nothing quite like a big pot of comforting soup bubbling away on the stove.’
      • ‘My house is warm, cosy and comforting.’
      • ‘Mr. Nelson was just deciding that a cup of tea beside a comforting fire was not an entirely unpleasant notion.’
      • ‘Cooking time can, of course, be longer, but what could be better than the comforting smell of home-cooked food wafting through the house?’
      • ‘I need silence, and I've forgotten just how relaxing and comforting it can be.’

Pronunciation

comforting

/ˈkəmfərdiNG//ˈkəmfərdɪŋ/