verb (used without object), empathized, empathizing.
to experience empathy (often followed by with ): His ability to empathize with people made him an excellent marriage counselor.
Also, especially British, empathise.

1920–25; empath(y) + -ize

empathize, sympathize.
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empathize or empathise (ˈɛmpəˌθaɪz)
(intr) to engage in or feel empathy
empathise or empathise

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Word Origin & History

1924, in psychology, from empathy + -ize.
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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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Example sentences
Female moviegoers tend to empathize with their troubles.
Fallacies and irregularites confound my ability to empathize.
One of the messages of today's youth to us over 30 is that you have to
  empathize and get with what's happening.
Reading the novel this way, students empathize with Holden's despair and loss.
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