Grope, reach for with one's hands, as in It was pitch dark, and I felt for the doorknob. [Early 1700s]
feel for someone. Sympathize with or feel sorry for someone, as in Tom was so upset that I felt for him. This usage was put as feel with by Shakespeare: “It resounds as if it felt with Scotland” (Macbeth, 4:3). Both senses of feel for are present in the somewhat sarcastic I feel for you but I can't quite reach you, meaning “Too bad, but I don't really feel sorry for you.”
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Citizens, perhaps, need to feel like they can communicate something to science.
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Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.
After all, may not even John Burns be human; may not Mr. Chamberlain himself have a heart that can feel for another?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
“You appear to feel it so,” rejoined Mr. Pickwick, smiling at the clerk, who was literally red-hot.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
It was such a magnificent sum that Sol did not feel like taking the familiarity with it of mentioning it aloud.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
And he had waited so long for Grandfather Mole that he had begun to feel hungry again.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
They feel that the system has few advantages to offer in return for the cost it entails upon them.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips