- 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 sympathizing
Melinda Liu on why Beijing needs to keep a lid on the demonstrations while also sympathizing with the patriotic zeal.China Is Protesting, Too
September 17, 2012
Second, disavowing a bigoted film and sympathizing with those who use it to justify violence are not the same thing.Romney Response to Egypt Embassy Attack Makes It Easy for Obama
September 13, 2012
"Dat's all right," spoke Eradicate, sympathizing with his young employer.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
The thought of sympathizing friends excited in him a fury of mistrust.Tales of Unrest
Was there any silent and sympathizing Dutchman to take pity on his captivity?Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
My sympathizing friends, the students, headed by Bob Hale, had broken it down.Breaking Away
The Jews, instead of sympathizing in his sorrows, triumphed in them.
- 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 sympathizing
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