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Definition of comfortable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈkʌmfərt̮əbl//
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  1. 1(of clothes, furniture, etc.) making you feel physically relaxed; pleasant to wear, sit on, etc. It's such a comfortable bed. These new shoes are not very comfortable. a warm comfortable house Let me slip into something more comfortable (= change into more comfortable clothing). opposite uncomfortable
  2. physically relaxed
  3. 2feeling pleasantly physically relaxed; warm enough, without pain, etc. Are you comfortable? She shifted into a more comfortable position on the chair. Please make yourself comfortable while I get some coffee. The patient is comfortable (= not in pain) after his operation. opposite uncomfortable
  4. confident
  5. 3confident and not worried or afraid He's more comfortable with computers than with people. I never feel very comfortable in her presence. opposite uncomfortable
  6. having money
  7. 4having enough money to buy what you want without worrying about the cost They're not millionaires, but they're certainly very comfortable. He makes a comfortable living. They come from comfortable middle-class families. Thesaurusrichwealthy prosperous affluent well-off comfortableThese words all describe someone who has a lot of money, property, or valuable (of a person) having a lot of money, property, or valuable possessions; (of a country or city) producing a lot of wealth so that many of its people can live at a high standardwealthy richrich or wealthy?There is no real difference in meaning between these two words. Both are very frequent, but rich is more frequent and can be used in some fixed phrases where wealthy cannot:He's stinking/filthy wealthy. It's a favorite resort for the wealthy and famous.prosperous (somewhat formal) rich and successfulaffluent (somewhat formal) rich and with a good standard of living:affluent Western countriesprosperous or affluent?Both prosperous and affluent are used to talk about people and places. Prosperous is used much more than affluent to talk about times and periods. Affluent is often used to contrast rich people or societies with poor ones. Being prosperous is nearly always seen as a good thing:It's good to see you looking so prosperous. It's good to see you looking so affluent.well-off (often used in negative sentences) rich:His family is not very well off.comfortable having enough money to buy what you want without worrying about the cost:They're not millionaires, but they're certainly very comfortable.Patterns a(n) rich/wealthy/prosperous/affluent/well-off family a rich/wealthy/prosperous/well-off man/woman a(n) rich/wealthy/prosperous/affluent country/city
  8. victory
  9. 5quite large; allowing you to win easily The party won with a comfortable majority. a comfortable 2–0 win
  10. Word Familycomfort noun verbcomfortable adjective (uncomfortable)comfortably adverb (uncomfortably)comforting adjective
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