em·pa·thize | \ˈem-pə-ˌthīz \
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 \ noun

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In happy relationships, partners try to empathize with each other and understand each other’s perspectives instead of constantly trying to be right. Sarah Treleaven, Time, "The Science Behind Happy Relationships," 26 June 2018 On albums that empathize with outsiders and chronicle subcultures from pro wrestling to goth, Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle has staked a claim as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "Concerts coming in 2018-2019 to San Antonio," 4 June 2018 Peer recovery centers, either civilian or military, work on the same idea: for many, the bridge to healing is to trust a peer enough to share one's pain, a peer who has gone through a similar ordeal, a peer who can empathize. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With PTSD reaching well beyond combat vets, trauma experts see need for 'healing spaces'," 18 May 2018 Susan’s resentment of Ro’s rich intellectual life means the exhausted mother can’t empathize with the single teacher’s loneliness. Naomi Alderman, New York Times, "A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?," 22 Jan. 2018 But Melania’s French counterpart can empathize with the media twisting her words. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brigitte Macron Says Melania Trump "Can’t Go Outside"," 27 Apr. 2018 Sixth, leaders must empathize with the less fortunate or consider the minority position. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Counsell, who was a young player in his third major-league season in 1998, empathized with what some of the current Marlins’ young core is going through this season. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins’ World Series hero can relate to the struggles of playing on a rebuilding team | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018 Mayor Zilka empathized with those in the room and said everyone needs to have faith in the police and the schools. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Parents express fears, concerns at Avon Lake forum on recent school shootings," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of empathize

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 \
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 \
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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