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empathize

or (especially British) empathise

[em-puh-thahyz] /ˈɛm pəˌθaɪz/
verb (used without object), empathized, empathizing.
1.
to experience empathy (often followed by with):
His ability to empathize with people made him an excellent marriage counselor.
Origin of empathize
1920-1925
1920-25; empath(y) + -ize
Can be confused
empathize, sympathize.
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  • Yet Brion could empathize their feelings, the warmth of their intense relief and happiness.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • How ironic that the only people who can empathize with them are the Macedonians who share the same fear of being quartered.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • They weren't able to—to empathize the Martians, or whatever you call it.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • But Brion could empathize their feelings, the warmth of their intense relief and happiness.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • They empathize—that is, see through our eyes, feel with our fingertips—so that they perceive what we do.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for empathize

empathize

/ˈɛmpəˌθaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to engage in or feel empathy
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Word Origin and History for empathize
v.

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

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empathize in Medicine

empathize em·pa·thize (ěm'pə-thīz')
v. em·pa·thized, em·pa·thiz·ing, em·pa·thiz·es
To feel empathy in relation to another person.

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