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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Recent Examples on the Web Over smoking barbecue pits and simmering pots of gumbo, Black folks in my life commiserate about everything from sports to police brutality. Justin Phillips,, "The Bay Area’s Black populace is hesitant to trust a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s because of Trump," 5 Nov. 2020 When a neighbor stopped by Wednesday to commiserate, the weight of the uncertainty was evident. Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, "A jittery public awaits news as the American presidency remains in flux," 4 Nov. 2020 Deja glanced into her rearview mirror, ready to commiserate with a fellow hometown girl. Brittany N. Williams,, "Rentre: A story of possession," 26 Oct. 2020 Being heard and acknowledged, or having someone to commiserate with, can have lasting effects for not feeling less confused and alone. Annie Vainshtein,, "Coping with pandemic: How to draw your mental health road map in the Bay Area," 21 Sep. 2020 But, when hundreds of college administrators and health professionals from across the U.S. gathered in July for a two-day virtual summit to plan and discuss reopening college campuses—and commiserate... Deborah Acosta, WSJ, "Sexual Health Gets Left Out as Colleges Begin the Fall Semester," 10 Sep. 2020 Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, showed up to commiserate with Westbrooks. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: American veterans, rebuilding Minneapolis," 4 Sep. 2020 To commiserate with LoParo about creating a virtual experience or to register for a class, visit her web site at Linda Gandee, cleveland, "A Rocky River business thriving during the pandemic," 24 Aug. 2020 Men hear about a personal scenario and tend to problem-solve first, and commiserate later. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Couple fights over husband’s inability to honor wife’s feelings," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commiserate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commiserate

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

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