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empathize

[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.
Also, especially British, empathise.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; empath(y) + -ize
Can be confused
empathize, sympathize.
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  • 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.
  • Readers will easily empathize with this heroine and the numerous obstacles on her road to independence.
  • Many children will empathize with Harvey and his sloppiness, and recognize the familiar items that lurk under beds and in closets.
  • He is an inspiration to many who empathize with the powerless, the down-trodden and the forgotten in society.
  • Someone else that has experienced horrific humanity would be able to empathize.
  • His inability to empathize with common folk had long been his hoary hoodoo.
  • Although many reporters have families and will empathize with you, their job is to give the public an interesting story.
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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