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com·fort

 (kŭm′fərt)
tr.v. com·fort·ed, com·fort·ing, com·forts
1. To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
2. To ease physically; relieve: comforted the feverish patient with a cool cloth.
n.
1.
a. A condition or feeling of pleasurable physical ease or relief from pain or stress: finally sat in comfort on the soft pillows.
b. A condition of well-being, contentment, and security: an income that allowed them to live in comfort.
2.
a. Solace or consolation in time of sorrow or distress: soothing words of comfort.
b. Help; assistance: gave comfort to the enemy.
3.
a. Something providing ease, convenience, or security: the comforts of modern living.
b. A person or thing that brings consolation or mental ease: a friend who was a comfort to me in my grief.
4. Chiefly Southern & Lower Northern US A quilted bedcover; a comforter.

[Middle English comforten, from Old French conforter, to strengthen, from Late Latin cōnfortāre : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

com′fort·ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: comfort, console1, solace
These verbs mean to give hope or help to in time of grief or pain: comforted the distressed child; consoling a recent widow; solaced myself with a hot cup of coffee. See Also Synonyms at amenity.

comfort

(ˈkʌmfət)
n
1. a state of ease or well-being
2. relief from affliction, grief, etc
3. a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
4. obsolete support
5. (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
vb (tr)
6. to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
7. to bring physical ease to
[C13: from Old French confort, from Late Latin confortāre to strengthen very much, from Latin con- (intensive) + fortis strong]
ˈcomforting adj
ˈcomfortingly adv
ˈcomfortless adj
ˈcomfortlessly adv
ˈcomfortlessness n

com•fort

(ˈkʌm fərt)

v.t.
1. to soothe, console, or reassure; bring solace or cheer to: to comfort someone after a loss.
2. to make physically comfortable.
n.
3. relief in affliction; consolation; solace.
4. a feeling of relief or consolation.
5. a person or thing that gives consolation or relief.
6. a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety.
7. something that promotes such a state.
8. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a comforter or quilt.
9. Obs. strengthening aid; assistance.
[1175–1225; Middle English comfortien < Anglo-French, Old French conforter < Late Latin confortāre to strengthen <con- + Latin fortis strong]
com′fort•less, adj.
syn: comfort, console, soothe imply assuaging sorrow, worry, discomfort, or pain. comfort means to lessen someone's grief or distress by giving strength and hope and restoring a cheerful outlook: to comfort a despairing friend. console, a more formal word, means to make grief or distress seem lighter by means of kindness and thoughtful attentions: to console a bereaved parent. soothe means to pacify or calm: to soothe a crying child.

Comfort

 of cats.

Comfort

 
  1. (Feel as) comfortable as a Cossack in Kiev —Richard Ford
  2. (Eugene was) comfortable as a saggy armchair —Donald McCaig
  3. Comfortable as matrimony —Nathan Bailey
  4. Comfortable … like sleeping on a cloud —Slogan, Sealy Inc.
  5. Comforting as a long soak in a hot tub after a short walk in a freezing rainstorm —Elyse Sommer
  6. Comforting as the Surgeon-General’s statement on a pack of Lucky Strikes —Harry Prince
  7. Comfort [memory of a lover] like a rosary —Sumner Locke Elliot
  8. Cozy and dark as a dreary day —Sharon Sheehe Stark

    See Also: DARKNESS

  9. Cozy as a cup of tea —Anon
  10. Cozy as a nest —Émile Zola
  11. Cozy as visiting your grandmother —Mary Lee Settle
  12. Easy as an old shoe —English proverb

    New Englanders brought this from the old country as “Comfortable as an old shoe,” an expression still very much in use. There’s also a Ukranian proverb which incorporates a somewhat different form of this simile.

    See Also: MARRIAGE

  13. Feels comfortable like in a cloud —Francois Maspero
  14. Reassured … like a sheltering wing over a motherless bird —Louisa May Alcott

    See Also: KINDNESS

  15. Restful as one’s favorite armchair —Frank Swinnerton
  16. (Here Skigg lies) snug as a bug in a rug —Benjamin Franklin, letter to Georgiana Shipley, September, 1772
  17. Snug as the yolk in an egg —Henrik Ibsen
  18. Soothing as mother’s milk —Anon
  19. [Conversation] soothing, like the quiet, washing sound of an ocean —Donald Justice
  20. Supported [by attentive performance] as a bold swimmer by the waves —Ivan Turgenev
  21. [Prospect of someone’s being there] sustained him like a snug life jacket —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  22. Sustain like a stream does a trout —Andrew Dubus
  23. Warm and cozy and private as a nursery —John Braine
  24. Warm and old-fashioned as a potbellied stove —Anon, capsule movie review, Newsday, January, 1986
  25. (Walls look as) warm and sturdy as a fisherman’s hand-knitted sweater —Sheila Radley

    See Also: PERMANENCE

  26. (The whole room was as equally and agreeably) warm as a bath full of water —Anon

    See Also: ROOMS

  27. Warm as piss —American colloquialism
  28. Warm as sunshine, light as floating clouds —Slogan, Torfeaco bedding
  29. Warm like love —Sharon Sheehe Stark

comfort


Past participle: comforted
Gerund: comforting

Imperative
comfort
comfort
Present
I comfort
you comfort
he/she/it comforts
we comfort
you comfort
they comfort
Preterite
I comforted
you comforted
he/she/it comforted
we comforted
you comforted
they comforted
Present Continuous
I am comforting
you are comforting
he/she/it is comforting
we are comforting
you are comforting
they are comforting
Present Perfect
I have comforted
you have comforted
he/she/it has comforted
we have comforted
you have comforted
they have comforted
Past Continuous
I was comforting
you were comforting
he/she/it was comforting
we were comforting
you were comforting
they were comforting
Past Perfect
I had comforted
you had comforted
he/she/it had comforted
we had comforted
you had comforted
they had comforted
Future
I will comfort
you will comfort
he/she/it will comfort
we will comfort
you will comfort
they will comfort
Future Perfect
I will have comforted
you will have comforted
he/she/it will have comforted
we will have comforted
you will have comforted
they will have comforted
Future Continuous
I will be comforting
you will be comforting
he/she/it will be comforting
we will be comforting
you will be comforting
they will be comforting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been comforting
you have been comforting
he/she/it has been comforting
we have been comforting
you have been comforting
they have been comforting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been comforting
you will have been comforting
he/she/it will have been comforting
we will have been comforting
you will have been comforting
they will have been comforting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been comforting
you had been comforting
he/she/it had been comforting
we had been comforting
you had been comforting
they had been comforting
Conditional
I would comfort
you would comfort
he/she/it would comfort
we would comfort
you would comfort
they would comfort
Past Conditional
I would have comforted
you would have comforted
he/she/it would have comforted
we would have comforted
you would have comforted
they would have comforted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comfort - a state of being relaxed and feeling no paincomfort - a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
relief, ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
solacement, solace - comfort in disappointment or misery
cosiness, coziness, snugness - a state of warm snug comfort
convenience - the state of being suitable or opportune; "chairs arranged for his own convenience"
discomfort, uncomfortableness - the state of being tense and feeling pain
2.comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
pleasure, pleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
consolation, solace, solacement - the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment; "second place was no consolation to him"
alleviation, assuagement, relief - the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
3.comfort - the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"
ministration, succor, succour, relief - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
4.comfort - a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world"
affluence, richness - abundant wealth; "they studied forerunners of richness or poverty"; "the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty"
lap of luxury - in conditions of wealth and comfort; "he was raised in the lap of luxury"
5.comfort - satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing; "his friendship was a comfort"; "a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts"
gratification, satisfaction - state of being gratified or satisfied; "dull repetitious work gives no gratification"; "to my immense gratification he arrived on time"
6.comfort - bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched togethercomfort - bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding - coverings that are used on a bed
continental quilt, duvet, eiderdown - a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
patchwork quilt, patchwork - a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
7.comfort - assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal; "it gave comfort to the enemy"
assist, assistance, help, aid - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
Verb1.comfort - give moral or emotional strength to
calm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull - make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
allay, still, ease, relieve - lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
2.comfort - lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"
alleviate, relieve, palliate, assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"

comfort

noun
1. ease, luxury, wellbeing, opulence She had enough money to live in comfort for the rest of her life.
2. consolation, cheer, encouragement, succour, help, support, aid, relief, ease, compensation, alleviation I tried to find some words of comfort to offer her.
consolation discomfort, irritation, hassle (informal), annoyance, aggravation, discouragement
verb
1. console, encourage, ease, cheer, strengthen, relieve, reassure, soothe, hearten, solace, assuage, gladden, commiserate with He put his arm round her, trying to comfort her.
console trouble, excite, bother, depress, distress, annoy, irritate, discomfort, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), agitate, ruffle, sadden, irk, rile, give someone grief

comfort

verb
1. To give hope to in time of grief or pain:
2. To make less severe or more bearable:
noun
1. Steady good fortune or financial security:
Informal: easy street.
Idioms: comfortable circumstances, the good life.
2. A consoling in time of grief or pain:
3. Anything that increases physical comfort:
amenity, convenience, facility (often used in plural).
Translations
تَعْزِيَه، سَلْوانراحَه
pohodlíútěcha
bekvemmelighedkomforttrøstvelværenydelse
helpotuslohduttaalohdutuslohtumukava
enyhületkényelemvigaszvigasztalás
òægindi
gyventi pasiturimaijaukumaspaguodapasiturimaipasiturimas
komfortsmierinājums
komfort
olajšanjetolažbatolažitiudobje

comfort

[ˈkʌmfət]
A. N
1. (= solace) → consuelo m
you're a great comfort to meeres un gran consuelo para mí
if it's any comfort to yousi te sirve de consuelo
that's cold or small comforteso no me consuela nada
the exam is too close for comfortel examen está demasiado cerca para que me sienta tranquilo
to give comfort to the enemydar aliento al enemigo
to take comfort from sthconsolarse con algo
I take comfort in or from the fact/knowledge thatme consuelo sabiendo que ...
2. (= well-being) → confort m, comodidad f; (= facility) → comodidad f
to live in comfortvivir cómodamente
with every modern comfortcon todo confort, con toda comodidad
he likes his home comfortsle gusta rodearse de las comodidades del hogar
B. VT (= give solace) → consolar, confortar
C. CPD comfort eating, comfort food N comida como terapia contra la depresión
comfort station N (US) → servicios mpl, aseos mpl, baño m (LAm)
comfort zone N [of activity, job] → terreno m conocido

comfort

[ˈkʌmfərt]
n
(physical)confort m, bien-être m
(= solace) → consolation f, réconfort m

comfort

n
Komfort m, → Bequemlichkeit f; relax in the comfort of a leather armchairentspannen Sie sich in unseren behaglichen Ledersesseln; he likes his comfortser liebt seinen Komfort or seine Bequemlichkeit; to live in comfortkomfortabel leben; an apartment with all modern comfortseine Wohnung mit allem Komfort
(= consolation)Beruhigung f, → Trost m; to take comfort from the fact that …sich mit dem Gedanken or sich damit trösten, dass …; your presence is/you are a great comfort to mees beruhigt mich sehr, dass Sie da sind; it is a comfort to know that …es ist tröstlich or beruhigend zu wissen, dass …; it is no comfort or of little comfort to know that …es ist nicht sehr tröstlich zu wissen, dass …; some comfort you are! (iro)das ist ja ein schöner Trost! (iro), → du bist gut! (iro); small comfortschwacher Trost; a pipe is a great comfortPfeiferauchen hat etwas sehr Beruhigendes; your poems brought a little comfort to my lifeIhre Gedichte haben ein wenig Trost in mein Leben gebracht; too close for comfortbedrohlich nahe
vt (= console)trösten; the child needed a lot of comfortinges dauerte eine ganze Weile, bis das Kind sich trösten ließ; he stayed with the injured man to comfort himer blieb bei dem Verletzten, um ihm Beistand zu leisten; the hot soup comforted him a littlenach der heißen Suppe fühlte er sich etwas wohler

comfort

:
comfort shopping
nFrustkauf m (inf), → Frustkäufe pl (inf)
comfort station
comfort zone
n Bereich, in dem man sich sicher fühlt; two goals in two minutes put Rangers in the comfortnach zwei Toren in zwei Minuten fühlten Rangers sich sicher
comfy
adj (+er) (inf) chairbequem; hotel, flat, roomgemütlich; are you comfort?sitzt/liegst du bequem?; make yourself comfortmachen Sie es sich (dat)bequem or gemütlich (inf)
comic
adjkomisch; comfort actorKomödiendarsteller(in) m(f), → Komöde m (geh); comfort versehumoristische Gedichte pl
n
(= person)Komiker(in) m(f)
(= magazine)Comicheft(chen) nt
(US) comfortsComics pl
comical
adj, comically
advkomisch, ulkig

comfort

[ˈkʌmfət]
1. n
a. (physical comfort) → comodità f inv, benessere m
to live in comfort → vivere nell'agiatezza
that car was a bit too close for comfort → quella macchina è passata troppo vicino per i miei gusti
b. (solace) → consolazione f, conforto
you're a great comfort to me → mi sei di gran conforto

comfort

(ˈkamfət) noun
1. a pleasant condition of being physically or mentally relaxed, happy, warm etc. They now live in comfort.
2. anything that provides a little luxury, or makes one feel happier, or better able to bear misfortune. He enjoyed the comforts of the hotel; Her presence was a comfort to him in his grief; words of comfort.
ˈcomfortable adjective
1. in comfort; pleasantly relaxed. He looked very comfortable in his chair.
2. producing a good physical feeling. a comfortable chair.
3. financially secure without being rich. a comfortable standard of living.
ˈcomfortably adverb
ˈcomforting adjective
producing a pleasant or relaxed feeling. a comforting thought.
be comfortably off
to have enough money to live in comfort.

comfort

n. comodidad, alivio, bienestar;
vt. confortar, alentar.

comfort

n comodidad f, confort m; (emotional) consuelo; — zone zona de confort; vt consolar
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Tell them I think of them by day, pray for them by night, and find my best comfort in their affection at all times.
The child wept so bitterly that Tom Hard was touched and tried to comfort her.
As Tom and Ned had no wish for a light, which would be sure to attract insects, they entered their tent in the dark, and were soon stretched out in comparative comfort.
He gave thanks for our food and comfort, and prayed for the poor and destitute in great cities, where the struggle for life was harder than it was here with us.
Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an expression and an exclamation of disgust.
Tis the six-and-twentieth edition, promulgated at Boston, Anno Domini 1744; and is entitled, 'The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testaments; faithfully translated into English Metre, for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints, in Public and Private, especially in New England'.
Because a laugh's the wisest, easiest answer to all that's queer; and come what will, one comfort's always left -- that unfailing comfort is, it's all predestinated.
Of course these iron dudes of the Round Table would think it was scandalous, and maybe raise Sheol about it, but as for me, give me comfort first, and style after- wards.
Fully clothed, and wrapped in blankets, and huddled ourselves up, by the window, with lighted pipes, and fell into chat, while we waited in exceeding comfort to see how an Alpine sunrise was going to look by candlelight.
Some scruples and some reluctance the widowerfather may be supposed to have felt; but as they were overcome by other considerations, the child was given up to the care and the wealth of the Churchills, and he had only his own comfort to seek, and his own situation to improve as he could.
But she could hear of no situation that at once answered her notions of comfort and ease, and suited the prudence of her eldest daughter, whose steadier judgment rejected several houses as too large for their income, which her mother would have approved.
For just when one needs them most of all they seem suddenly to have grown dull and unsympathetic, not a word of comfort, not a charm anywhere in them to make us forget the slow-moving hours; whereas, when Margaret was here--but it is of no use to say any more