COMFORT, verb transitive
1. To strengthen; to invigorate; to cheer or enliven.
Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
COMFORT ye your hearts. Genesis 18:5.
2. To strengthen the mind when depressed or enfeebled; to console; to give new vigor to the spirits; to cheer, or relieve from depression, or trouble.
His friends came to mourn with him and to comfort him. Job 2:11.
3. In law, to relieve, assist or encourage, as the accessory to a crime after the fact.
1. Relief from pain; ease; rest or moderate pleasure after pain, cold or distress or uneasiness of body. The word signifies properly new strength, or animation; and relief from pain is often the effect of strength. In a popular sense, the word signifies rather negatively the absence of pain and the consequent quiet, than positive animation.
2. Relief from distress of mind; the ease and quiet which is experienced when pain, trouble, agitation or affliction ceases. It implies also some degree of positive animation of the spirits; or some pleasurable sensations derived from hope, and agreeable prospects; consolation.
Let me alone, that I may take comfort a little. Job 10:20.
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. Matthew 9:22.
3. Support; consolation under calamity, distress or danger.
Let thy merciful kindness be for my comfort Psalms 119:50.
4. That which gives strength or support in distress, difficulty, danger, or infirmity.
Pious children are the comfort of their aged parents.
5. In law, support; assistance; countenance; encouragement; as, an accessory affords aid or comfort to a felon.
6. That which gives security from want and furnishes moderate enjoyment; as the comforts of life.