- to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
- to sympathize (usually followed by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
Origin of commiserate
Examples from the Web for commiserate
Contemporary Examples of commiserate
So she called another really famous pop star to commiserate and ask for advice.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
After McCain takes the Florida primary, Romney gathers his troops in a hotel room to commiserate.Inside ‘Mitt,’ Netflix’s All-Access Mitt Romney Documentary
January 17, 2014
And when he invites a wheelchair-bound guest to commiserate with him about his bubble-wrapped foot, things go downhill from there.The Office's Michael Scott's Funniest Moments
April 28, 2011
Historical Examples of commiserate
When art thou so ready, when is it so seasonable to thee, to commiserate, as in misery?Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
I scarcely knew whether to envy or commiserate their apathy.Manco, the Peruvian Chief
They appeared to know her well, and seemed greatly to commiserate us.The Two Supercargoes
Strongly did I commiserate her, and gently strove to draw her into discourse.Rattlin the Reefer
I commiserate with you on the loss of your salary of eighteen pence a week.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)
Word Origin for commiserate
Word Origin and History for commiserate
c.1600, from Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari "to pity, bewail" (see commiseration). Related: Commiserated; commiserating. An Old English loan-translation of commiserate was efensargian.