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

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Leaders are expected to inspire and motivate others, empathize and understand all types of people — while at the same time driving exceptional results. Liz Bentley, NBC News, "Liz Bentley: 'The badass' or 'mayor' — What's your leadership style?," 13 Sep. 2019 As is generally true of young children, people who are unable to empathize cannot feel guilt. Annette Kämmerer, Scientific American, "The Scientific Underpinnings and Impacts of Shame," 9 Aug. 2019 This is Cogito, an artificial intelligence program designed to help customer service workers communicate more clearly, empathize with frustrated callers, and improve their overall performance. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "This AI Software Is 'Coaching' Customer Service Workers. Soon It Could Be Bossing You Around, Too," 8 July 2019 Start by empathizing and validating the other person’s view, then pose a question to get more information. Melody Wilding, Quartz at Work, "How to control your emotions when you’re at work," 3 June 2019 To vote, volunteer, serve, listen, learn, empathize, circulate power rather than hoard it. CBS News, "Eric Liu on what makes a true patriot," 1 Sep. 2019 But the well-meaning person who says the wrong thing or fails to empathize, the consequences of their actions are the same. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid’s Tale: O-T Fagbenle Delves Into the Tangled June/Luke/Nick Love Triangle," 20 June 2019 And for the students, that starts with learning to empathize with each other, Avila said. Dallas News, "A doctor who actually listens? New Fort Worth medical school aims to train students in empathy," 13 July 2019 Morgan always empathized with Kim, always took his side. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "After a Career of Being Misunderstood, Byung-Hyun Kim Is at Peace," 3 July 2019

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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 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 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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concealment of treason or felony

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