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 So do orcas; as do elephants, who also have distinct personalities and can empathize and coordinate with each other. BostonGlobe.com, "With a little practice she got it down to five minutes," 19 Oct. 2019 This attempt to contextualize Gillis echoed a section in Yang’s book that was excerpted, last year, by Quillette, in which Yang tries to empathize with the nihilistic ethos of the gamer community. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Andrew Yang and the Political Narratives of Asian-Americans," 9 Oct. 2019 Still, Anthony empathizes with Collins and Denneman. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: Kamille McKinney’s accused killers deserve day in court, difficult as it may be for us," 7 Nov. 2019 Super-sight provides each of us with a tailored personal view of the world, impeding our ability to connect with, understand, and empathize with others. David Rose, Quartz, "We’ll soon be able to experience reality as we want it. But is that a good thing?," 1 Oct. 2019 Taking the time to understand and empathize will give you the chance to preserve your relationships and support those around you — even your favorite NFL quarterback. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quarterbacks to co-workers: The prevailing power of empathy," 8 Sep. 2019 As God felt the pain of humankind, so too should all people created in God’s image empathize with the other. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Torah portion’s first word has a threefold meaning," 26 Aug. 2019 Fans also started using the hashtag #FreeDorothy — clearly, there are teens out there that can empathize with getting their electronics taken away. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Teen goes viral for tweeting from LG smart fridge after mom confiscates all electronics," 14 Aug. 2019 These types of operating changes are often among the hardest to explain, and the hardest to empathize with as a middle manager. Scott Steinberg, Quartz at Work, "How to tell your team about a management decision you don’t agree with," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of empathize

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Empathize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathizes. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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