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Definition of comfort noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being physically relaxed and free from pain; the state of having a pleasant life, with everything that you need These tennis shoes are designed for comfort and performance. With a DVD player, you can watch the latest movies in the comfort of your own home. The hotel offers a high standard of comfort and service. They had enough money to live in comfort in their old age.
  2. 2[uncountable] a feeling of not suffering or worrying so much; a feeling of being less unhappy synonym consolation to take/draw comfort from someone's words I tried to offer a few words of comfort. The sound of gunfire was too close for comfort. If it's any comfort to you, I'm in the same situation. His words were of little comfort in the circumstances. comfort food (= food that makes you feel better)
  3. 3[singular] a person or thing that helps you when you are suffering, worried, or unhappy The children have been a great comfort to me through all of this. It's a comfort to know that she is safe. see also cold comfort
  4. 4[countable, usually plural] a thing that makes your life easier or more comfortable The hotel has all modern comforts/every modern comfort. material comforts (= money and possessions) see also creature comforts
  5. Word Familycomfort noun verbcomfortable adjective (uncomfortable)comfortably adverb (uncomfortably)comforting adjectivecomfort noun verbcomfortable adjective (uncomfortable)comfortably adverb (uncomfortably)comforting adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: comfort