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commiserate

[ kuh-miz-uh-reyt ]
/ kəˈmɪz əˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing.
to sympathize (usually followed by with): They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
verb (used with object), com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing.
to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
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Origin of commiserate

First recorded in 1585–95; from Latin commiserātus (past participle of commiserārī ), equivalent to com- com- + miser “pitiable” (see misery) + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM commiserate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH commiserate

commensurate, commiserate
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British Dictionary definitions for commiserate

commiserate
/ (kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt) /

verb
(when intr, usually foll by with) to feel or express sympathy or compassion (for)

Derived forms of commiserate

Word Origin for commiserate

C17: from Latin commiserārī, from com- together + miserārī to bewail, pity, from miser wretched
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