comfort Definition

  • 1a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint
  • 2the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress

Using comfort: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "comfort" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The soft cushions provided comfort for the long flight.

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    The kind words brought her comfort during her time of loss.

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    I find comfort in spending time with my family.

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    The hotel room was a comfortable place to rest after a long day.

comfort Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using comfort

  • to feel better or less sad about something because of something else


    She found comfort in her friends' support during the difficult time.

  • uncomfortably close or near to something or someone


    The car behind us was driving too close for comfort.

  • something that is meant to be comforting but is actually not helpful or satisfying


    Telling me that at least I still have my health is cold comfort when I just lost my job.

Phrases with comfort

  • food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone and is often associated with childhood or home cooking


    Macaroni and cheese is my ultimate comfort food.

  • a situation or position in which a person feels safe, comfortable, or in control


    I know I need to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

  • women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II


    The issue of comfort women remains a sensitive topic between Japan and its neighboring countries.

Origins of comfort

from Old French 'confort', from late Latin 'confortare', meaning 'strengthen greatly'


Summary: comfort in Brief

The term 'comfort' [ˈkʌmfərt] refers to a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint, as well as the easing of emotional distress. It can be found in phrases like 'comfort food,' which refers to nostalgic or sentimental dishes, and 'comfort zone,' which denotes a safe or familiar situation. Idioms like 'too close for comfort' and 'cold comfort' add nuances of discomfort and dissatisfaction.

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