1. graded adjective & adjective If a piece of furniture or an item of clothing is comfortable, it makes you feel physically relaxed when you use it, for example because it is soft. ⇒ ...a comfortable fireside chair. ⇒ Trainers are so comfortable to wear. 2. graded adjective & adjective If a building or room is comfortable, it makes you feel physically relaxed when you spend time in it, for example because it is warm and has nice furniture. ⇒ A home should be comfortable and friendly. ⇒ ...somewhere warm and comfortable. comfortably (kʌmftəbli
) graded adverb & adverb [usu ADV -ed] ⇒ ...the comfortably-furnished living room. 3. graded adjective & adjective If you are comfortable, you are physically relaxed because of the place or position you are sitting or lying in. ⇒ Lie down on your bed and make yourself comfortable. ⇒ She tried to manoeuvre her body into a more comfortable position. comfortably
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ Are you sitting comfortably? ⇒ He would be tucked comfortably into bed. 4. graded adjective & adjective If you say that someone is comfortable, you mean that they have enough money to be able to live without financial problems. ⇒ 'Is he rich?'—'He's comfortable.' ⇒ She came from a stable, comfortable, middle-class family. comfortably
graded adverb & adverb ⇒ Cayton describes himself as comfortably well-off. 5. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n] In a race, competition, or election, if you have a comfortable lead, you are likely to win it easily. If you gain a comfortable victory or majority, you win easily. ⇒ By half distance we held a comfortable two-lap lead. ⇒ He appeared to be heading for a comfortable victory. comfortably
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ ...the Los Angeles Raiders, who comfortably beat the Bears earlier in the season. 6. graded adjective & adjective [v-link ADJ] If you feel comfortable with a particular situation or person, you feel confident and relaxed with them. [+ with] ⇒ Nervous politicians might well feel more comfortable with a step-by-step approach. [+ with] ⇒ He liked me and I felt comfortable with him. [+ about] ⇒ I'll talk to them, but I won't feel comfortable about it. comfortably
graded adverb & adverb [ADV after v] ⇒ They talked comfortably of their plans. 7. adjective When a sick or injured person is said to be comfortable, they are in a stable physical condition. ⇒ He was described as comfortable in hospital last night. 8. graded adjective & adjective A comfortable life, job, or situation does not cause you any problems or worries. ⇒ ...a comfortable teaching job at a university. ⇒ Kohl's retirement looks far from comfortable.
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