sympathize

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

Definition of sympathize

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

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Other Words from sympathize

sympathizer noun

Examples of sympathize in a Sentence

I sympathize but how can I help?

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Whitaker’s open sympathizing with Trump’s frequent complaints about the Mueller investigation resulted in an unusually close relationship between a president and a staffer of his level. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton," 9 Nov. 2018 There’s a moral value in sympathizing with the person consigned to this grim work. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Spirit of the Strip Mall," 24 May 2018 Syriza grew out of Greece’s anticapitalist far left, parts of which sympathized with Marxist and anarchist urban guerrillas. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Recent Explosions in Greece Spark Worries of Emerging Urban Violence," 27 Dec. 2018 After all, nobody sympathizes with a workforce that averages $4.4 million in salary – yet that salary has remained flat even as industry revenues approach $11 billion. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 Bogenschutz sympathizes for his client, who was on a good path after being set free from house arrest several months ago. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Lawyer Says He Encouraged Beefing Up Security Before Artist's Fatal Shooting," 25 June 2018 Meanwhile, Grindelwald has escaped his American prison and is rallying wizards who sympathize with his desire to take over both the wizarding and mundane worlds. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 For many of his supporters, this clean slate outweighs his history as a retired army captain who has publicly sympathized with Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship and has often lashed out against gays, blacks and indigenous and women’s rights. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "With Few Jobs and Much Anger, Brazilians Go to the Polls," 25 Oct. 2018 The premier, who sympathizes with the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement, the government's main partner, indicated that Italian authorities had been too elastic in granting humanitarian protection. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy tightens eligibility for migrant protection," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sympathize

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sympathize

: to feel sorry for someone who is in a bad situation : to feel sympathy for someone because you understand that person's problems
: to feel or show support for or approval of something

sympathize

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

Kids Definition of sympathize

1 : to feel or show pity or care and understanding for We sympathize with the family in its sorrow.
2 : to be in favor of something … no one sympathized with him in his little attempts to discover a quiet place for the seals.— Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

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