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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Protesters in recent weeks have urged nonviolent ways of getting their government’s attention, after escalating violence between police, those perceived to sympathize with them and protesters. Washington Post, "Thousands link hands in a Hong Kong vigil protesting a more aggressive Beijing," 23 Aug. 2019 But while audiences are meant to sympathize with Marcus, Sasha shares a vision with many real chefs in the West who have reinterpreted Chinese food to great acclaim, incorporating tastes and presentation to appeal to the dining world elite. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 On one side is, essentially, TVB’s core demographic: older, conservative Hong Kong residents, who tend to sympathize with the police and see the protesters as troublemakers. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters’ New Target: A News Station Seen as China’s Friend," 14 July 2019 Beck sympathizes with him and offers lots of older-bro advice. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 28 June 2019 These are arguments that conservatives traditionally sympathize with. James Sutton, National Review, "The California Housing Crisis and the Problem with Local Control," 19 June 2019 This column hasn’t seen the film and would likely sympathize with Mr. Thompson, but must acknowledge that most of the movie’s customers have registered a very different opinion. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘Avengers’ and Bernie Sanders," 7 May 2019 Even immigration officials sympathize with the family. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "If Kansas vet's adopted daughter is deported, family will go with her to South Korea | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 While most of the 300-plus comments agreed that the bridesmaid was not in the wrong, a few sympathized with where the bride was coming from. Allure, "This Bride Went Off on Her Bridesmaid for Getting a Pixie Haircut Before Her Wedding," 17 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sympathize

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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