Pronunciation: (kum'furt),[key] —v.t. 1. to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss. 2. to make physically comfortable.
3. Obs.to aid; support or encourage.
—n. 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.