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 Director Mark Foley, who represents the east Contra Costa area of the rail system, empathizes with riders who have no alternative but to drive. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Could this be the end of $3 parking at BART lots?," 13 Feb. 2020 For example, any parent who has grappled with exhaustion can empathize with Knisley’s sometimes sloppy lines in Go to Sleep, so uncharacteristic of her normally precise style. Adrienne So, Wired, "Comic Book Artists on Parenthood, Creativity, and Cry-Barfing," 29 Jan. 2020 Sarabia said his 25 years of experience as a volunteer coach for students, along with his 32 years with AT&T, give him the necessary skills to validate and empathize with students. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "CFISD Candidate Series: Sarabia hopes to close the achievement gap in Cy-Fair," 24 Oct. 2019 In this new and fearful existence, Ms. Bowler meets doctors who lack satisfying answers or even the ability to empathize. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ and ‘Natural Causes’ Review: The False God of ‘Wellness’," 22 May 2018 Brian Banks and The Best of Enemies > Us, Clemency, and Queen & Slim In this year’s race-movie genre, Tom Shadyac and Robin Bissell empathize with real-life civil-rights struggles. Armond White, National Review, "The 15th Annual Better-Than List," 3 Jan. 2020 Islanding hinders children’s ability to learn how to relate to and empathize with people who may be different from them in age or otherwise. Miranda Sachs, Twin Cities, "Miranda Sachs: Fears over Generation Z are overblown," 30 Sep. 2019 Micki Benz, a 40-year-parishioner at St. Stephen, empathizes with Smolenski. Monica Haider, CNN, "Catholic diocese denies gay Michigan judge communion," 30 Nov. 2019 Under the sensitive direction of Robert J. Fetes, the production develops from the plodding exposition of the first act to the emotional metamorphosis of the second, inviting its audience to empathize with these hardy pioneers. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: An “Enchanted” comedy in Newport," 24 Sep. 2019

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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/empathizer. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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