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Meaning of “comfort” in the English Dictionary

"comfort" in British English

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comfortnoun

uk   /ˈkʌm.fət/  us   /-fɚt/
  • comfort noun (NO PAIN)

B1 [U] a ​pleasantfeeling of being ​relaxed and ​free from ​pain: She ​evidentlydresses for comfort. It's a little too ​hot for comfort. Now you can ​watch the ​latestfilms in the comfort ofyour own ​room.

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  • comfort noun (FOR SADNESS)

C2 [C or U] the ​state of ​feelingbetter after ​feelingsad or ​worried, or something that makes you ​feelbetter in this way: The ​letters that ​peoplewrote after his ​death gave me a lot of comfort. It's some comfort to his ​wife (= it makes her ​feel less ​sad) to ​know that he ​diedinstantly and didn't ​suffer. I've got to take an ​exam too, if it's any comfort (= if it makes you ​feelbetter to ​know that we ​share the same ​problem or ​badluck). I ​know she goes out a lot at ​night, but I draw/take comfort from the ​fact that she's always with ​friends. He's a ​great comfort to his ​mother.
  • comfort noun (ENOUGH MONEY)

C2 [U] the ​state of having a ​pleasantlife with enough ​money for everything that you need: He could ​retire now and live in comfort for the ​rest of his ​life.
  • comfort noun (PLEASANT THING)

C1 [C usually plural] something that makes ​yourlifeeasy and ​pleasant: After the ​trip, it was ​nice getting back to a few home comforts. She's always ​liked her creature comforts (= the ​type of ​pleasurefound in the ​house, for ​examplewarmth, ​food, etc.).

comfortverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʌm.fət/  us   /-fɚt/
(Definition of comfort from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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comfortnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkʌm·fərt/
the ​pleasant and ​satisfyingfeeling of being ​physically or ​mentallyfree from ​pain and ​suffering, or something that ​provides this ​feeling: [C] He’s a ​great comfort to his ​mother. [U] I have to take an ​exam, too, if it’s any comfort to you.
comfort
verb [T]  us   /ˈkʌm·fərt/
I ​tried to comfort him, but it was no use.
(Definition of comfort from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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