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 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 Despite their largely solitary workdays and Amazon’s watchful eye, drivers use online forums like Reddit and Discord to commiserate—although, given reports of the company monitoring drivers on social media, anxiety about potential sleepers abounds. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "Some Amazon Drivers Have Had Enough. Can They Unionize?," 19 Mar. 2021 Location, of course — my circles of real-life and online lesbian friends often commiserate about the lack of exciting, available singles in our area. Dani Janae,, "I’m Fat, & That Makes Using Dating Apps Difficult," 8 Mar. 2021 Suggest that your friends go outside immediately after the game to either light off sparklers and air hug in celebration or scream into the ether and commiserate (from a distance). Molly Longman,, "The Super Bowl May Cause An Uptick In COVID-19 Cases — Here’s How To Watch Safely," 5 Feb. 2021 Some fans have turned to social media and Reddit to commiserate over their struggle to find the high-fiber cereal and question whether it was being discontinued. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Cereal shortage: Are you having trouble finding a box of Grape-Nuts? You are not alone and here's why," 28 Jan. 2021 Before the kidnapping epidemic, Haitians could listen to music with their neighbors on the street, play dominoes, go to the beach, and commiserate with friends and neighbors about their economic despair., "Haiti braces for unrest as president refuses to step down," 7 Feb. 2021 Much of the activity on r/Unemployment also happens in the comments of individual posts, where people answer questions, share information and tips, or simply commiserate. New York Times, "Reddit Is America’s Unofficial Unemployment Hotline," 10 Feb. 2021 Clay returned to his motel to celebrate and commiserate with Cooke, Brown and Malcolm X. Los Angeles Times, "Leslie Odom explains why he initially passed on playing Sam Cooke in ‘One Night in Miami’," 25 Jan. 2021 After receiving word of their fate Friday morning, some employees gathered to commiserate at Dmac's Bar & Grill on Norman C. Francis Parkway. Matt Sledge,, "Jason Williams ends first week as New Orleans DA with shake-up, sends 10 packing," 15 Jan. 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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30 Mar 2021

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“Commiserate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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