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sympathize

[sim-puh-thahyz] /ˈsɪm pəˌθaɪz/
verb (used without object), sympathized, sympathizing.
1.
to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with).
2.
to feel a compassionate sympathy, as for suffering or trouble (often followed by with).
3.
to express sympathy or condole (often followed by with).
4.
to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause:
to sympathize with a person's aims.
5.
to agree, correspond, or accord.
Also, especially British, sympathise.
Origin of sympathize
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French sympathiser, equivalent to sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize
Related forms
sympathizingly, adverb
nonsympathizing, adjective
nonsympathizingly, adverb
presympathize, verb (used without object), presympathized, presympathizing.
unsympathized, adjective
unsympathizing, adjective
unsympathizingly, adverb
Can be confused
empathize, sympathize.
Synonyms
4. understand, approve, favor, back, support.
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Examples from the Web for sympathize
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  • Who can sympathize with bygones when he is counting the minutes that are to make him one of them?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Nothing else to do just now, boy, except to come and sympathize with you.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I give full praise to such noble forgiveness; but I am no noble, and I do not sympathize with it.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • The most consoling friends are those who know and who sympathize and who keep still!

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • We believe implicitly in the poet's almost inexpressible grief, and because we are convinced, we sympathize.

British Dictionary definitions for sympathize

sympathize

/ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz/
verb (intransitive) often foll by with
1.
to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiserate: he sympathized with my troubles
2.
to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)
Derived Forms
sympathizer, sympathiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for sympathize
v.

"to have fellow-feeling," c.1600; see sympathy + -ize. Related: Sympathized; sympathizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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