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empathize

[em-puh-thahyz]
verb (used without object), em·pa·thized, em·pa·thiz·ing.
  1. 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
Can be confusedempathize sympathize
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British Dictionary definitions for empathizes

empathize

empathise

verb
  1. (intr) to engage in or feel empathy
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Word Origin and History for empathizes

empathize

v.

1924, in psychology, from empathy + -ize. Related: Empathized; empathizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

empathizes in Medicine

empathize

(ĕmpə-thīz′)
v.
  1. To feel empathy in relation to another person.
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