empathize

[em-puh-thahyz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. empanada,
  2. empanel,
  3. empathetic,
  4. empathic,
  5. empathise,
  6. empathy,
  7. empedocles,
  8. empennage,
  9. emperipolesis,
  10. emperor

Also especially British, em·pa·thise.

Origin of empathize

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

Can be confusedempathize sympathize

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British Dictionary definitions for empathise

empathize

empathise

verb

(intr) to engage in or feel empathy
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Word Origin and History for empathise
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Medicine definitions for empathise

empathize

[ĕmpə-thīz′]

v.

To feel empathy in relation to another person.

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