Pronunciation: (kum'furt), [key]
1. to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
2. to make physically comfortable.
3. aid; support or encourage.

1. relief in affliction; consolation; solace: Her presence was a comfort to him.
2. a feeling of relief or consolation: Her forgiveness afforded him great comfort.
3. a person or thing that gives consolation: She was a great comfort to him.
4. a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction: The patient's recovery was a comfort to the doctor.
5. a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys his comfort.
6. something that promotes such a state: His wealth allows him to enjoy a high degree of comfort.
7. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.a comforter or quilt.
8. Obs.strengthening aid; assistance.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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