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 Two of them are commiserating in the Soldier Field parking lot. Rich Campbell,, "Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels discuss the ‘double doink’ call: ‘You almost forget you’re talking to 30 million people’," 27 Aug. 2019 Kessler claims Levy is throwing him under the bus but appears later in the trailer to be commiserating with Levy, suggesting a tangled history between the two. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "‘The Morning Show’ trailer gives us all the Jennifer Aniston and cable news infighting we could ask for," 19 Aug. 2019 All the characters guard their feelings here, and this is never clearer than in a tender, painful scene in which Brian and his love interest (Melanie Liburd) commiserate. Alan Zilberman, Twin Cities, "‘Brian Banks’ tells the powerful true story of a man falsely accused of rape," 8 Aug. 2019 This particular meme captures the spirit of the hashtag #DemThrones, which was created in 2012 — its exact provenance is the subject of debate — as a space for black fans to deliberate and commiserate about the show. Namwali Serpell, New York Times, "How Social-Media Meme-Makers Rescued ‘Game of Thrones’ From Itself," 6 June 2019 As a result, the forum was more about commiserating than a sorting of candidates on policy differences. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "For 2020 Democrats, hammering on gun control comes with upside: Energized, angry activists," 12 Aug. 2019 Rather than commiserating with like-minded friends over cocktails, posting rants on Facebook, or planting her head deep in the Lake Erie sand, Kathy put fingers to keyboard. Andrea Simakis,, "One woman’s guide to surviving Trump: writing him daily — Andrea Simakis," 11 Aug. 2019 Some memes commiserate millennials going through what could possibly be their second recession as Gen Z would go through its first. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "'Here we go again': Young Americans turn to memes, dark humor in face of recession," 10 Sep. 2019 This is partially because having a person, or a community of people, to commiserate with is helpful when times get tough. Christina Stembel, Quartz at Work, "Creating Farmgirl Flowers taught me my high school education is more than enough," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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