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.

Primary Meanings of comfort

a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
Full Definitions of comfort

n a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

“he is a man who enjoys his comfort
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
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

n 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

n a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state

“he had all the material comforts of this world”
lap of luxury
in conditions of wealth and comfort
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affluence, richness
abundant wealth

n the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

consolation, solace
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ministration, relief, succor, succour
assistance in time of difficulty

n 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

n 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

v lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate

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alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve
provide physical relief, as from pain

v give moral or emotional strength to

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
calm by deception
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
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization

n bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

comforter, puff, quilt
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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