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

Other Words from empathize

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

Examples of empathize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 30-year-old actor suggested that there was no malice in Luhrmann's tactic, but rather the filmmaker's intent was to get Butler to empathize with the criticism Presley faced throughout his career. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 27 July 2022 In fact, Maria’s efforts to empathize with James totally backfire. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 Christian-college leaders often face an unresolvable tension, being called to steward their institution’s policies—and follow denominational guidelines—while also trying to empathize with their L.G.B.T.Q. friends and colleagues. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award for his ability to get audiences to empathize with his volleyball best friend. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 One of the considerations for the defense in selecting a jury was to seek out older men and women, who might be more likely to empathize with someone of Weinstein’s generation. Ken Auletta, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 More:Wisconsin zoos are helping visitors empathize with animals. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 There is nothing more powerful than earning your right to market, which comes with your ability to empathize by sharing value versus selling products. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Traditionally considered an admirable attribute, the ability to empathize with another's plight has become a touchstone for GOP opposition to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of empathize

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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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 empathize (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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