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The verb is from Middle English conforten, from Old French conforter, from Late Latin confortō (to strengthen greatly), itself from Latin con- (together) + fortis (strong).

The noun is from Middle English confort, from Old French cunfort, confort, from the stem of Late Latin confortō. It replaced Old English frofor, Middle English frovre.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fət/
  • (US) enPR: kŭm'fərt, IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.fəɹt/, [ˈkʰʌɱ.fɚt]
  • (obsolete) enPR: kŭmfôrt', IPA(key): /kʌmˈfɔɹt/
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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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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.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
  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?)
    • (Can we date this quote by Hooker and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      God's own testimony [] doth not a little comfort and confirm the same.
  4. (obsolete) To assist or help; to aid.



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comfort n (plural comforts, diminutive comfortje n)

  1. Physical comfort, ease

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