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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: conforter, from Late Latin confortare 'to strengthen', from Latin com- ( COM-) + fortis 'strong'

comfort

2 verb
     
comfort2 [transitive]
to make someone feel less worried, unhappy, or upset, for example by saying kind things to them or touching them [↪ comforting]:
Within hours of the news, Helen arrived to comfort her heartbroken friend.
He longed to take her in his arms and comfort her.
Mr Aston's father was last night being comforted by relatives.
comfort yourself
She comforted herself with the thought that it would soon be spring.

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