- to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with).
- to feel a compassionate sympathy, as for suffering or trouble (often followed by with).
- to express sympathy or condole (often followed by with).
- to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause: to sympathize with a person's aims.
- to agree, correspond, or accord.
Also especially British, sym·pa·thise.
Origin of sympathize
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4. understand, approve, favor, back, support.
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Examples from the Web for sympathise
But on seeing the men, how well one understands, how fully one can sympathise!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
You know it is a capital crime, to mourn for, or sympathise with, a victim of the Guillotine.A Tale of Two Cities
But I haven't forgotten how it felt to be hard up, and I sympathise with those who are.One Day's Courtship
They reminded her of sorrows in which I have since painfully learned to sympathise.Beaux and Belles of England
He felt that now, at last, he knew his mother and could sympathise with her and love her.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiseratehe sympathized with my troubles
- to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)
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Word Origin and History for sympathise
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