[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. comminute,
  2. comminuted,
  3. comminuted fracture,
  4. comminutor,
  5. commis,
  6. commiseration,
  7. commish,
  8. commissaire,
  9. commissar,
  10. commissariat

Origin of commiserate

1585–95; < Latin commiserātus (past participle of commiserārī), equivalent to com- com- + miser pitiable (see misery) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedcommensurate commiserate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for commiserator


/ (kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt) /


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

Word Origin for commiserate

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

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Word Origin and History for commiserator



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.

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