Definition of comfort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    comfort

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    BrE BrE//ˈkʌmfət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌmfərt//
     
     
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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. You can now 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 somebody’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 adjective Word Origin Middle English (as a noun, in the senses ‘strengthening, support, consolation’; as a verb, in the senses ‘strengthen, give support, console’): from Old French confort (noun), conforter (verb), from late Latin confortare ‘strengthen’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + Latin fortis ‘strong’. The sense ‘something producing physical ease’ arose in the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Chocolate is a great comfort food. He enjoys dangerous sports from the comfort of his couch. His kind words brought some comfort to the grieving parents. I dress for comfort rather than elegance. I hate camping—I miss all my creature comforts. I like to travel in reasonable comfort. I need all the comfort I can get right now. Learn a new language in the comfort of your own home. She found comfort in music. She’s willing to venture outside her comfort zone. The hotel offers a high standard of comfort. The sound of gunfire was too close for comfort. They live in modest comfort. They sought comfort in each other. We took great comfort from the fact that at least some of our savings were safe. We took great comfort from the fact that our savings were safe. a quilted cover for added comfort A small drop in the inflation rate was cold comfort for those without a job. I drew comfort from his words. I tried to offer a few words of comfort. If it’s any comfort to you, I’m in the same situation. It’s a comfort to know that she is safe.
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