sympathize

verb sym·pa·thize \ ˈsim-pə-ˌthīz \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of sympathize

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

  1. I sympathize but how can I help?

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First Known Use of sympathize

1600


SYMPATHIZE Defined for English Language Learners

sympathize

verb

Definition of sympathize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sympathize

verb sym·pa·thize \ ˈsim-pə-ˌthīz \

Definition of sympathize for Students

sympathized; sympathizing
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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