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comfort

1 noun
     
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1

physical

[uncountable] a feeling of being physically relaxed and satisfied, so that nothing is hurting you, making you feel too hot or cold etc [↪ comfortable, discomfort]
built/made/designed for comfort
All our sports shoes are designed for comfort and performance.
too hot/high/tight etc for comfort (=physically unpleasant for a particular reason)
The temperature was too low for comfort.
I dress for comfort, not fashion.
Alan was very reluctant to leave the warmth and comfort of the fire.
in comfort
Upstairs is a more intimate bar where guests can relax in comfort.
Now you can watch your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home.
2

emotional

[uncountable] if someone or something gives you comfort, they make you feel calmer, happier, or more hopeful after you have been worried or unhappy [↪ comforting]:
Whenever he was upset, he would turn to her for comfort and advice.
give/bring/provide/offer comfort
a book which offers comfort and help to the parents of children with cancer
The knowledge that Cara was safe gave him some comfort.
great/much/little comfort
My faith has been a source of great comfort over the years.
take/draw/derive comfort from (doing) something
He drew comfort from her warm support.
find/take comfort in (doing) something
You can take some comfort in the fact that you did your best.
it's no/some comfort
It was no comfort to think he might be as frightened as she was.
if it's any comfort (=used to introduce a statement that you think may make someone feel slightly less worried or unhappy)
Well, if it's any comfort, I don't think he'll try again.
3

somebody/something that helps

[countable] someone or something that helps you feel calmer, happier, or more hopeful after you have been worried or unhappy [↪ comforting]
be a comfort (to somebody)
Louisa's been a great comfort to me since Mary died.
It's a comfort to know there's someone to keep an eye on the kids.
4

money/possessions

[uncountable] a way of living in which you have all the money and possessions that you need or want [↪ comfortable]
in comfort
When Dad died, he left us both enough to live in comfort for the rest of our lives.
He was used to a life of comfort.
5

comforts

[plural] the things that make your life nicer and more comfortable, especially things that are not necessary:
Modern caravans offer all the comforts of home.
hotels with all the modern comforts (=things such as a television, telephone etc)
material comforts (=money and possessions)
creature comforts
6

too close/near for comfort

something that is too close for comfort makes you feel worried, unhappy, or uncomfortable, because it is dangerous in some way:
The cars were whizzing past us much too close for comfort.
7

cold/small comfort

a small piece of good news that does not make you feel better about a bad situation
cold/small comfort for/to
Another drop in the inflation rate was cold comfort yesterday for the 2.74 million jobless.

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