em·​pa·​thize | \ ˈem-pə-ˌthīz How to pronounce empathize (audio) \
empathized; empathizing

Definition of empathize

intransitive verb

: to experience empathy empathized with his son's fears

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empathizer \ ˈem-​pə-​ˌthī-​zər How to pronounce empathizer (audio) \ noun

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Identifying as a vegan Argentinian has allowed me to acknowledge and further empathize with my ancestors and their oneness with the earth. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019 Most in the media live in or near large, progressive cities, have college degrees, empathize with the left and embrace a mythical divide that puts themselves on the right (left) side of history. WSJ, "‘Divided America’ Myth Strokes Elite Egos," 1 Jan. 2019 Family members said Walker had a special interest in emotional intelligence, believing that traditional measures of intelligence such as IQ tests fall short of reflecting the ability of people to empathize and connect with others. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Ronald Walker, psychology teacher and dean at Loyola University, dies," 12 June 2018 In this edition, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden come to life on the page through bright illustrations and creative facial expressions that young children certainly can empathize with. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Without question, these are 2018’s best space books for kids," 29 Dec. 2018 No amount of protesting, tweeting, empathizing, donating, or pro bono work today is going to be as powerful as your vote. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Do I Have to Vote? Here Are Some of the Scary Things That Could Happen If You Don't," 6 Nov. 2018 Just as Abraham Lincoln related to Civil War soldiers, Reagan was able to empathize with our military. WSJ, "Empathy Makes Presidents More Effective," 18 Nov. 2018 His answer surprised her and helped her understand and empathize with the boy’s plight. Mike Hixenbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Psychiatrists tap the power of storytelling to help refugees with PTSD," 21 Apr. 2018 Strahovski was a revelation, actually making us empathize with Serena Joy Waterford, an architect of Gilead and a woman who has imposed a massive amount of misery throughout the show’s run. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Emmy snubs and surprises: New faces are in, old institutions are out and Sandra Oh makes history," 12 July 2018

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circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of empathize

: to have the same feelings as another person : to feel empathy for someone


em·​pa·​thize | \ ˈem-pə-ˌthīz How to pronounce empathize (audio) \
empathized; empathizing

Kids Definition of empathize

: to share the same feelings as another person : to feel empathy I empathize with your situation.


intransitive verb
variants: or British empathise \ ˈem-​pə-​ˌthīz How to pronounce empathise (audio) \
empathized or British empathised; empathizing or British empathising

Medical Definition of empathize

: to experience empathy adults unable to empathize with a child's frustrations

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