[ kuh n-dohl ]
/ kənˈdoʊl /

verb (used without object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief (usually followed by with): to condole with a friend whose father has died.

verb (used with object), con·doled, con·dol·ing.

Obsolete. to grieve with.

Origin of condole

1580–90; < Late Latin condolēre, equivalent to con- con- + dolēre to feel pain; akin to dolor

Related forms

Can be confused

condole console. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condole


/ (kənˈdəʊl) /


(intr foll by with) to express sympathy with someone in grief, pain, etc

Derived Forms

condolatory, adjectivecondoler, nouncondolingly, adverb

Word Origin for condole

C16: from Church Latin condolēre to suffer pain (with another), from Latin com- together + dolēre to grieve, feel pain
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