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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Debra Wright, 64, who has been throwing herself into civic activities since retiring from a job at the nearby China Lake military installation, stopped by to commiserate with some museum volunteers. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Trona, California, was trying to bounce back. Then an earthquake hit. Then a bigger one.," 7 July 2019 There was no time to commiserate or to process their experiences. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The heart and muscle behind Honor Flight Twin Cities," 4 July 2019 Jim’s is a good place for the valleys — meeting with your siblings to figure out who’ll be responsible for what in taking care of a mom or dad in decline, or commiserating with a friend over his breakup. Greg Jefferson,, "Pondering what makes Jim’s Jim’s," 4 July 2019 And if her students struggle with staying patient, Borden, who’s been through this all herself, has plenty of stories to commiserate with. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Gold medalist Amanda Borden's Tempe gymnastics gym thrives 15 years later," 19 June 2019 The post quickly went viral as Facebook users commiserated about finding similar bites on their pets — and feeling grateful they were just spared a big vet bill. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Those Red Circles on Your Dog’s Stomach Really Are," 7 June 2019 Educators would commiserate with her about their days., "For this Portland grad, senior year meant 4 a.m. wake-ups, two-hour commutes and lessons in motherhood," 7 June 2019 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

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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

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

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