W3S2 [ˈkʌmftəbəl, ˈkʌmfət- US ˈkʌmfərt-, ˈkʌmft-] adj
1¦(furniture/places/clothes etc)¦
2¦(physically relaxed)¦
making you feel physically relaxed, without any pain or without being too hot, cold etc
comfortable chair/bed/sofa etc
The bed wasn't particularly comfortable.
comfortable room/lounge/hotel etc
Joyce has a comfortable apartment in Portland.
comfortable clothes/shoes/boots etc
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
comfortable to wear/use/sit on etc
Linen is very comfortable to wear.
feeling physically relaxed, without any pain or without being too hot, cold etc
I was so comfortable and warm in bed I didn't want to get up.
Sit down and make yourself comfortable .
With difficulty, she rolled her body into a more comfortable position .
3.) ¦(CONFIDENT)¦ [not before noun]
confident, relaxed, and not worried
comfortable with
She's never felt very comfortable with men.
In our business, we need people who are comfortable in an unstructured environment.
4.) ¦(MONEY)¦
having enough money to buy all the things you need or want, without having to worry about how much they cost
comfortable life/retirement/existence etc
Jean had been looking forward to a comfortable retirement.
5.) ¦(COMPETITION/VOTE)¦ [usually before noun]
if you have a comfortable win or lead, you win or are leading by a large amount
comfortable win/victory
The pair had a comfortable win, beating the German team by nearly three seconds.
The bill should pass in the House by a comfortable margin .
Another penalty from Roberts gave the home team a comfortable half-time lead .
6.) ¦(ILL/INJURED)¦ [not before noun]
if someone who is ill or injured is comfortable, they are not in too much pain

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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