- 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 sympathize
I get it and sympathize with them and try to be there for the fans.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’
September 13, 2014
Nowadays, however, even those who sympathize with Palestinian grievances steer clear of the more inflamed areas.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever
August 24, 2014
We all yearn for some sort of control over our fate and our lives, and we can all sympathize with that.Breaking Bad Finale: Lost Interviews With Bryan Cranston & Vince Gilligan
September 29, 2013
There is no one to sympathize for their war trauma and most would like nothing more than to forget.Former Syrian Soldier Describes Life in the Army at the Start of War
September 4, 2013
The Arab Spring is a scary time for people who sympathize with the residents of the Middle East and Northern Africa.Was the Iraq War Worth It?
March 20, 2013
To sympathize with people like that was only to encourage them!Weighed and Wanting
I've been empty too often myself not to sympathize with its condition.In the Midst of Alarms
Sir William, in truth, had too much sense to often join or sympathize with these notions.In the Valley
Their tender hearts will sympathize and aim to alleviate it.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
She had one friend, however, who was always ready to sympathize with her.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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 sympathize
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