comfort

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fət/
  • (US) enPR: kŭm'fərt, IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fɚt/
  • (obsolete) enPR: kŭmfôrt', IPA(key): /kʌmˈfɔɹt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

comfort (countable and uncountable, 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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Verb[edit]

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.
  2. (transitive) To make comfortable. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  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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