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.
Recent Examples on the Web On a recent afternoon, neighbor Renee Cyprien, a Navy veteran who retired after a career as a Greyhound bus driver, construction worker, and medical clerk, stopped by to commiserate with the Beasley family. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Feb. 2022 The premise: Single friends in suburban Detroit banter, bicker and commiserate together at a Royal Oak bar owned by one of them. Julie Hinds,, 18 Mar. 2022 Where to eat near Camelback Ranch After taking in Dodgers and White Sox spring training games, celebrate (or commiserate) over a meal at these local Glendale restaurants. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 Campbell said it’s a good idea for the middle-aged to commiserate their woes with their peers. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Mar. 2022 With the stock down 28% from its $1,243 all time high, investors took to social media to commiserate and seek mutual counsel. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 The expectations now heaved upon her only propel Eloise to pursue the identity of Lady Whistledown more intensely, while also hoping to commiserate with her best friend Penelope. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 7 Feb. 2022 Others want to commiserate with like-minded people who are going through a tough time trying to find their way in the workplace. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 After seeing the tweets, fans couldn't help but vent their feelings to Mandy and commiserate with each other over their sadness. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Commiserate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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