sympathize

verb

sym·​pa·​thize ˈsim-pə-ˌthīz How to pronounce sympathize (audio)
sympathized; sympathizing

intransitive verb

1
: to be in keeping, accord, or harmony
2
: to react or respond in sympathy
3
: to share in suffering or grief : commiserate
sympathize with a friend in trouble
also : to express such sympathy
4
: to be in sympathy intellectually
sympathize with a proposal
sympathizer noun

Examples of sympathize in a Sentence

I sympathize but how can I help?
Recent Examples on the Web The news outlet Politico reported concerns in May that the mayor of the host city may sympathize more with the protesters than the incumbent president. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2024 Once all the facts come out, Shapiro said a key question is whether a jury could sympathize with Gallegos’ point of view. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 For Conservatives, the issue is even more toxic in a country where, as that war has dragged on, surveys show Britons are far more likely to sympathize with Palestinians than Israelis. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 The civil rights movement did not convince most Americans to join, or even sympathize, with protesters. Michael J. Coren, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sympathize 

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sympathize was in 1600

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“Sympathize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sympathize. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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sympathize

verb
sym·​pa·​thize ˈsim-pə-ˌthīz How to pronounce sympathize (audio)
sympathized; sympathizing
1
: to share in suffering or grief : to feel or show sympathy
2
: to be in favor of something
sympathizer noun

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