commiserate

verb
com·​mis·​er·​ate | \ kə-ˈmi-zə-ˌrāt How to pronounce commiserate (audio) \
commiserated; commiserating

Definition of commiserate

intransitive verb

: to feel or express sympathy : condole commiserates with them on their loss

transitive verb

: to feel or express sorrow or compassion for

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Other Words from commiserate

commiseratingly adverb
commiseration \ kə-​ˌmi-​zə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce commiseration (audio) \ noun
commiserative \ kə-​ˈmi-​zə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce commiserative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of commiserate in a Sentence

"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 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 "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 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 The players commiserated over their loss in the championship game.
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Some disgruntled neighbors have commiserated on online forums like AirbnbHell. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Can I Stop My Neighbor From Running an Airbnb?," 21 Apr. 2018 In the video, Warren commiserates with family members (including some Republicans) in her native Oklahoma and, most notably, accepts a dare from Trump to take a DNA test. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Looks Like a Certain U.S. President Owes Elizabeth Warren $1 Million for the Charity of Her Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 Trump didn’t make any statements against domestic violence in general, as others in his administration have, but instead commiserated with Porter and expressed a desire for his continued prosperity. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump's full comments essentially defending Rob Porter, annotated," 9 Feb. 2018 There, over soup and tea, Farrell and Supervisor Hillary Ronen commiserated about their shared disgust with money ruling politics in San Francisco. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Unusual pairing of supervisors helped unite majority of board against Breed," 29 Jan. 2018 His message was caught on video, and quickly went viral, as other Walmart shoppers commiserated about their shopping pains. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man frustrated by lack of help at Walmart takes matters, PA system into his own hands," 25 Apr. 2018 But Saturday, people came to the sports complex for a far different reason: to meet with crisis counselors, commiserate and get updates on their players. Anchorage Daily News, "Bus crash in Canada devastates a hockey town," 8 Apr. 2018 His players were at his back, at the other end of the field, applauding their fans, commiserating with them, the mood proud but somber, stony faces and distant eyes. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 The Globe reported earlier this month that when Broughton was in court in April, a different judge repeatedly thanked him for his service in Vietnam and commiserated with him about the military draft. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge denies Valor Act in assault case," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of commiserate

circa 1584, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for commiserate

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

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The first known use of commiserate was circa 1584

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commiserate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commiserate

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

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