comfort

To comfort someone is to give solace or to soothe. You might comfort your brother when his favorite team gets knocked out of the playoffs.

The verb comfort comes from the Latin word comfortare, which means “strengthen greatly.” To give comfort is to shore up the mood or physical state of someone else. It might take a long time to comfort your mother after her cat disappears. As a noun, comfort is anything that provides satisfaction or a relaxed and easy feeling. You might think that the comfort of your new shoes cannot be surpassed.

Definitions of comfort
  1. noun
    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
    “he is a man who enjoys his comfort
    synonyms: comfortableness
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    discomfort, uncomfortableness
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
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    ease, relief
    the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
    solace, solacement
    comfort in disappointment or misery
    cosiness, coziness, snugness
    a state of warm snug comfort
    convenience
    the state of being suitable or opportune
    reprieve, respite
    a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
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    consolation, solace, solacement
    the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment
    alleviation, assuagement, relief
    the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
    cold comfort
    very limited consolation or empathy
    bright side, silver lining
    a consoling aspect of a difficult situation
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    pleasance, pleasure
    a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
  3. noun
    a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
    “he had all the material comforts of this world”
    synonyms: ease
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    lap of luxury
    in conditions of wealth and comfort
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    affluence, richness
    abundant wealth
  4. noun
    the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction
    synonyms: consolation, solace
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    ministration, relief, succor, succour
    assistance in time of difficulty
  5. noun
    satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing
    “his friendship was a comfort
    “a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts
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    gratification, satisfaction
    state of being gratified or satisfied
  6. noun
    assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
    “it gave comfort to the enemy”
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    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  7. verb
    lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
    synonyms: ease
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    alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve
    provide physical relief, as from pain
  8. verb
    give moral or emotional strength to
    synonyms: console, solace, soothe
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    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
    allay, ease, relieve, still
    lessen the intensity of or calm
    lull
    calm by deception
    compose
    calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
    appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    assure, reassure
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
    abreact
    discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
  9. noun
    bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    synonyms: comforter, puff, quilt
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    continental quilt, duvet, eiderdown
    a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
    patchwork, patchwork quilt
    a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
    crazy quilt
    a patchwork quilt without a design
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    bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
    coverings that are used on a bed
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