take pity on

idiom

: to feel pity for (a person or animal) and do something to help
I took pity on the stray cat and fed him.

Examples of take pity on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Terrorism, as a rule, is considered a serious crime that could earn you a strict sentence of life imprisonment, but for some reason the court decided to take pity on Anatoly. Oleh Sentsov, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2023 Won’t somebody please take pity on The White Lotus and Reservation Dogs! Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 Be polite, and staff might take pity on your mess. CBS News, 17 Mar. 2022 Maybe someone would take pity on him and give him a chance. Meg Kissinger, jsonline.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Did a strange, kind woman take pity on him and share her rice? Alex Sujong Laughlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2021 No one is just going to take pity on you! Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 13 Aug. 2020 Can someone take pity on my meager mental powers and boil this battle down to a nice soundbite? Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2011

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“Take pity on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20pity%20on. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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