[ sim-puh-thahyz ]
/ ˈsɪm pəˌθaɪz /

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

to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with).
to feel a compassionate sympathy, as for suffering or trouble (often followed by with).
to express sympathy or condole (often followed by with).
to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause: to sympathize with a person's aims.
to agree, correspond, or accord.
Also especially British, sym·pa·thise.

Origin of sympathize

1580–90; < Middle French sympathiser, equivalent to sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize

SYNONYMS FOR sympathize

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Can be confused

empathize sympathize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sympathise



/ (ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz) /

verb (intr often foll by with)

to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiseratehe sympathized with my troubles
to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)

Derived Forms

sympathizer or sympathiser, noun
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