commiserate

[ kuh-miz-uh-reyt ]
/ kəˈmɪz əˌreɪt /

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.

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.

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Origin of commiserate

1585–95; < 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 commiseration

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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