empathize

[ em-puh-thahyz ]
/ ˈɛm pəˌθaɪz /

verb (used without object), em·pa·thized, em·pa·thiz·ing.

to experience empathy (often followed by with): His ability to empathize with people made him an excellent marriage counselor.

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Also especially British, em·pa·thise.

Origin of empathize

First recorded in 1920–25; empath(y) + -ize

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH empathize

empathize sympathize
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British Dictionary definitions for empathise

empathize

empathise

/ (ˈɛmpəˌθaɪz) /

verb

(intr) to engage in or feel empathy
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Medical definitions for empathise

empathize
[ ĕmpə-thīz′ ]

v.

To feel empathy in relation to another person.
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