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verb com·mis·er·ate \kə-ˈmi-zə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of commiserate

  • : to express sadness or sympathy for someone who has experienced something unpleasant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of commiserate



  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to feel or express sympathy :  condole <commiserates with them on their loss>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to feel or express sorrow or compassion for




play \-ˌmi-zə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


play \-ˈmi-zə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of commiserate in a sentence

  1. “Did you enjoy your breakfast?” “The eggs were runny.” “I know.” The woman commiserated. “I was thinking, I should just have barged into the kitchen and done them myself.” —Alice Munro, Runaway, (2004) 2005

  2. The other potters seemed to slump as one into dejection, all but abandoning their work in favor of long, lugubrious visits to the wine shop, where they commiserated with one another. —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard, (2001) 2003

  3. “I been readin' about it,” she said, referring to the recent breakup of my marriage. … “It's too bad,” she commiserated. —Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987

  4. The pain of losing is diverting. So is the thrill of winning. Winning, however, is lonelier, because those you've taken money from are not apt to commiserate with you. —David Mamet, New York Times Magazine, 20 Apr. 1986

  5. The players commiserated over their loss in the championship game.

Origin and Etymology of commiserate

Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari, from com- + miserari to pity, from miser wretched

First Known Use: 1594

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