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From Old French conforter, from Late Latin confortāre, present active infinitive of confortō (strengthen greatly), itself from Latin con- (together) + fortis (strong).


comfort (plural comforts)

  1. Contentment, ease.
    Sleep in comfort with our new mattress.
  2. Something that offers comfort.
    the comforts of home
  3. A consolation; something relieving suffering or worry.
    We still have the spare tire? That's a comfort at least.
  4. A cause of relief or satisfaction.
    The outcome of the peace negotiations in Moscow in 1940 was a heavy blow to the young nation, but in the same time a great comfort: at least the independency was preserved.



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comfort (third-person singular simple present comforts, present participle comforting, simple past and past participle comforted)

  1. (transitive) To relieve the distress or suffering of; to provide comfort to.
    Rob comforted Aaron because he was lost and very sad.
    • Francis Bacon
      Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
  2. (transitive) To make comfortable.
  3. (obsolete) To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
    • Hooker
      God's own testimony [] doth not a little comfort and confirm the same.
  4. (obsolete) To assist or help; to aid.
    • Shakespeare
      I [] cannot help the noble chevalier: / God comfort him in this necessity!



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comfort n (plural comforts, diminutive comfortje n)

  1. Physical comfort, ease

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