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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Other Words from empathize

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

Examples of empathize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having leaders who actually belong to the disability community is as important as having leaders who empathize with it, said the MTA’s Elegudin, who uses a wheelchair. Matt Alderton, Washington Post, "Nearly 30 years after ADA, nation’s transit agencies report successes and shortfalls," 26 June 2020 While every person is different, women generally tend to be socialized to talk rather than shout, negotiate rather than bully and empathize rather than order, police leaders and researchers said. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Want to reform the police? Hire more women," 23 June 2020 Draped in a Pan-African flag, West pleaded for the officers to cross the line between duty and race, even for just a moment, to empathize with his story about the struggle of being a father raising a black son in the United States in 2020. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Their blue line matters more': A black man pleads for recognition by black officers at DC protest," 4 June 2020 The hashtag, originated by the music industry and picked up by a majority of celebrities and sports figures, aimed to pause normal postings and reflect on a better way to empathize with and evoke change for the African-American community. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Redskins’ #BlackOutTuesday tweet prompts calls to change team name," 3 June 2020 If switching mindsets seems hard, don't worry, Wood can empathize. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Healthy eating for kids: How to talk to them about good food habits," 28 May 2020 With vignettes about those who lost their lives—from sailors aboard the USS Arizona to civilians in Hiroshima—Lowry asks young readers to empathize with people on all sides of the conflict. Time, "Lois Lowry in Conversation With a 10-Year-Old Reporter About Her New Book," 30 Mar. 2020 Glazer simply empathizes with the desire to not have to deal with it. Amy Klein, refinery29.com, "What Happens When All Of Your Friends Are Getting Pregnant, But You’re Not?," 14 Apr. 2020 The film, which also wanders into adventure territory, does an amazing job of making the audience empathize with its android lead, who is often treated less than kindly. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "In the Movies, A.I. Wants to Help … Until It Doesn’t," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of empathize

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Empathize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathize. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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.
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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