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 empathize (audio) \ noun

Examples of empathize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anybody who has ever had their claim to their identity challenged can empathize with Chris’ frantic attempts to prove himself. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 People in your network will empathize, but remember, this is a trying time for everyone. Gerry Valentine, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Most of the people in the room could empathize with Palmer. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Human viewers empathize with this cephalopod, whose intelligence and curiosity are apparent in the documentary. Anna Blaustein, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Most people will empathize with you and want to help. Gerry Valentine, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Sharing these posts humanizes you and enables people to empathize and engage with you — to see you in a different light and relate to you. Chris J "mohawk" Reed, Forbes, 21 May 2021 But instead of making her someone with whom the audience should always unequivocally empathize, the writers take greater pains this season to highlight Annie’s blind spots and foibles. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 7 May 2021 Its creator, Lauren Van Stone, a New York college student originally from Connecticut, rendered the work to empathize with anyone else enduring virtual learning. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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