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noun     comfort pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a physically relaxed state, without any pain or other unpleasant feelings

    The airline is keen to improve passenger comfort.

    in comfort:

    There is plenty of room to lie down and sleep in comfort.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a feeling of being less sad or worried about something than you were previously

    My mother was always there to offer comfort.

    take comfort from something:

    I take comfort from the fact that his friends are there to help him.

    a source of comfort (to someone):

    She is a source of great comfort.

    be no/some/small etc comfort (to someone):

    I know it’s no comfort, but these things take time.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [countable] [usually singular] someone or something that makes you feel better when you are sad or worried

      It was a comfort to think that there was no rent to pay.

      comfort to:

      Her children have been a great comfort to her.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] used for making yourself feel better when you are sad or worried

      a comfort blanket

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a pleasant way of life in which you have everything you need

    Now he can live in comfort for the rest of his life.

  4. 4


    [plural] things that make your life easier and more pleasant
    home comforts:

    I miss my home comforts when I’m away.

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