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comfort

com·fort

comfort

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhm frt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: comforted, comforting, comforts
definition: to give (someone) relief and strength in trouble or distress.
She tried to comfort her grieving friend.
synonyms:
calm, cheer, console, ease, relieve, solace, support
antonyms:
afflict, chill, distress, hurt, trouble
similar words:
alleviate, assuage, encourage, nourish, pacify, pamper, restore, revive, soothe, succor, sustain
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a condition of bodily well-being or ease.
The nurses do their best for the comfort of their patients.He was lying there in great comfort on the couch.
synonyms:
calm, contentment, ease, peace, quietude, rest, serenity, tranquillity, well-being
antonyms:
affliction, discomfort, distress, misery, pain, suffering
similar words:
cheer, consolation, happiness, repose
definition 2: the condition of being without distress, disturbance, or trouble.
She had lived a life of comfort until her husband died.
synonyms:
ease
antonyms:
distress, trouble, woe
definition 3: relief and strength given to one in trouble or distress.
The minister tries to bring comfort to some of the troubled members of his congregation.
synonyms:
cheer, consolation, relief, solace, support
similar words:
condolence, encouragement, strength, sympathy
definition 4: the giver of such relief and strength.
Her husband was a great comfort to her when she was in the hospital.
synonyms:
comforter, consolation, helper, solace
similar words:
cheer, friend, refuge, security blanket, strength, succor, supporter
Word History
Comfort comes from confortare, a Latin word meaning "to strengthen much."
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