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

Other Words from commiserate

commiseratingly adverb
commiseration \ kə-​ˌmi-​zə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce commiserate (audio) \ noun
commiserative \ kə-​ˈmi-​zə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce commiserate (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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Recent Examples on the Web The two also seemed to commiserate on politics and the league’s hiring practices., 15 Oct. 2021 The group, which has more than 12,500 members, has helped users commiserate and find community. Chad Broughton, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2021 Share, commiserate and remind yourself that friendship endures beyond a job either of you has (or doesn’t). Tracy Brower, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Side Slacks are a place for workers to commiserate, gossip, and offer minute-by-minute color commentary on all-hands meetings, or the drama unfolding in the main Slack. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2021 As everyone gets up to go to the bar for dessert, PK tries to commiserate with Erika about how awkward the silence was. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 6 Oct. 2021 The upcoming compact schedule — three games in three countries over six days — won’t leave much time to commiserate anyway., 31 Aug. 2021 After a difficult day, Damm liked to commiserate; Chaisanguanthum preferred to be left alone. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 Havlicek came to the Lakers’ locker room to commiserate. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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

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