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sympathize

[sim-puh-thahyz]
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verb (used without object), sym·pa·thized, sym·pa·thiz·ing.
  1. to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with).
  2. to feel a compassionate sympathy, as for suffering or trouble (often followed by with).
  3. to express sympathy or condole (often followed by with).
  4. to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause: to sympathize with a person's aims.
  5. to agree, correspond, or accord.
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Also especially British, sym·pa·thise.

Origin of sympathize

1580–90; < Middle French sympathiser, equivalent to sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize
Related formssym·pa·thiz·ing·ly, adverbnon·sym·pa·thiz·ing, adjectivenon·sym·pa·thiz·ing·ly, adverbpre·sym·pa·thize, verb (used without object), pre·sym·pa·thized, pre·sym·pa·thiz·ing.un·sym·pa·thized, adjectiveun·sym·pa·thiz·ing, adjectiveun·sym·pa·thiz·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedempathize sympathize

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commiseratecomprehendpitycomfortlovecompassionateappreciatecondoleunderstandacheagree

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sympathize

sympathise

verb (intr often foll by with)
  1. to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiseratehe sympathized with my troubles
  2. to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)
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Derived Formssympathizer or sympathiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for sympathize

v.

"to have fellow-feeling," c.1600; see sympathy + -ize. Related: Sympathized; sympathizing.

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