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?
Recent Examples on the Web Oof: an exclamation used to sympathize with someone else's pain or dismay, or to express one's own. Rachel Trent, CNN, 14 July 2021 Kennedy was a political insider who became a fierce critic of the status quo; a son of privilege who came to sympathize deeply with the least fortunate. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 If any sport can sympathize with the lack of understanding due to the complexity of crypto, it’s Formula One. Bryan Campbell, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Most users utilized the trend to detail their professional mistakes to sympathize. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2021 As a result, public opinion is often split about whom to sympathize with. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Since the audience saw the true nature of the assault, there is no way to sympathize with George and Luke. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 16 Oct. 2020 Results of Gallup’s annual World Affairs poll, released in March, show that while most Americans still sympathize with Israel, favorable views of Palestine are on the rise. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 The actor could sympathize with many of the challenges faced by influencers who are often struggling to keep up, to have the next video go viral even bigger than the last. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of sympathize

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sympathize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sympathize. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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