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See also: Comfort
- The verb is from Middle English comforten, from Old French conforter, from Late Latin confortō (“to strengthen greatly”), itself from Latin con- (“together”) + fortis (“strong”).
- The noun is from Middle English comfort, from Old French cunfort, confort, from the stem of Late Latin confortō. It replaced Old English frofor, Middle English frovre.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fət/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /ˈkʊm.fət/
- (General American) enPR: kŭm'fərt, IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fɚt/, [ˈkʰʌɱ.fɚt]
- (obsolete) enPR: kŭmfôrt', IPA(key): /kʌmˈfɔɹt/
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comfort (countable and uncountable, plural comforts)
- Contentment, ease.
- Sleep in comfort with our new mattress.
- Something that offers comfort.
- the comforts of home
- A consolation; something relieving suffering or worry.
- We still have the spare tire? That's a comfort at least.
- 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.
- (contentment, ease): austerity
- cold comfort
- comfort break
- comfort eating
- comfort fic
- comfort food
- comfort girl
- comfort letter
- comfort noise
- comfort room
- comfort station
- comfort stop
- comfort tone
- comfort woman
- comfort zone
- creature comfort
- Dutch comfort
- Job's comfort
- Lawson comfort criterion
- letter of comfort
- lip comfort
- too close for comfort
cause of relief or satisfaction
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comfort (third-person singular simple present comforts, present participle comforting, simple past and past participle comforted)
- (transitive) To relieve the distress or suffering of; to provide comfort to.
- Rob comforted Aaron because he was lost and very sad.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Psalms 86:17:
- Shew me a token foꝛ good, that they which hate me may ſee it, and bee aſhamed: becauſe thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comfoꝛted me.
- 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], →OCLC:
- Light, above all things, excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
- (transitive) To make comfortable. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (obsolete) To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
- 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, J[ohn] S[penser], editor, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, […], London: […] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
- God's own testimony […] doth not a little comfort and confirm the same.
- (obsolete) To assist or help; to aid.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- I […] cannot help the noble chevalier: / God comfort him in this necessity!
- comforting (adjective, noun)
to provide comfort
to make comfortable
console — see console
From Middle Dutch confoort, from Old French confort.
- (Netherlands) IPA(key): /kɔmˈfɔːr/
- (Belgium) IPA(key): /kɔmˈfɔr(t)/
- Hyphenation: com‧fort
comfort n (plural comforts, diminutive comfortje n)
Borrowed from Old French cunfort, confort.
comfort (plural comforts)
- “cǒmfort, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
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