com·​mis·​er·​ate | \kə-ˈmi-zə-ˌrāt \
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 \ noun
commiserative \ kə-​ˈmi-​zə-​ˌrā-​tiv \ 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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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,, "Judge denies Valor Act in assault case," 27 June 2018 As Seager searched for sources of optimism, other members of the organization commiserated. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to have elbow surgery and sit out rest of season," 1 May 2018 The organizers of this weekend's comic convention want the owners to come to the show anyway because people will have questions about what happened and want to commiserate. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "BAM! POW! The Batmobile crashes with Robin at the wheel | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 In Azana, Shadowfax and the other Red Pillers soar, swim, and run; cry, laugh, and commiserate. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "VR Is Back in Pop Culture—As a Warning," 29 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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English Language Learners Definition of commiserate

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

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