to make somebody who is worried or unhappy feel better by being kind and sympathetic towards them comfort somebody The victim's widow was today being comforted by family and friends. She comforted herself with the thought that it would soon be spring. He was comforted to know that most people in the class knew even less than he. The idea that he was not alone comforted him greatly. it comforts somebody to do something It comforted her to feel his arms around her.