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[em-puh-thahyz] /ˈɛm pəˌθaɪz/
verb (used without object), empathized, empathizing.
to experience empathy (often followed by with):
His ability to empathize with people made him an excellent marriage counselor.
Also, especially British, empathise.
Origin of empathize
First recorded in 1920-25; empath(y) + -ize
Can be confused
empathize, sympathize. Unabridged
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  • Jon watched him a while, empathizing with his occasional looks that told how out of place he felt.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
British Dictionary definitions for empathizing


(intransitive) to engage in or feel empathy
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Word Origin and History for empathizing



1924, in psychology, from empathy + -ize. Related: Empathized; empathizing.

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empathizing in Medicine

empathize em·pa·thize (ěm'pə-thīz')
v. em·pa·thized, em·pa·thiz·ing, em·pa·thiz·es
To feel empathy in relation to another person.

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