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sympathize

[sim-puh-thahyz] /ˈsɪm pəˌθaɪz/
verb (used without object), sympathized, sympathizing.
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.
Also, especially British, sympathise.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French sympathiser, equivalent to sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize
Related forms
sympathizingly, adverb
nonsympathizing, adjective
nonsympathizingly, adverb
presympathize, verb (used without object), presympathized, presympathizing.
unsympathized, adjective
unsympathizing, adjective
unsympathizingly, adverb
Can be confused
empathize, sympathize.
Synonyms
4. understand, approve, favor, back, support.
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British Dictionary definitions for presympathize

sympathize

/ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz/
verb (intransitive) often foll by with
1.
to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiserate: he sympathized with my troubles
2.
to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)
Derived Forms
sympathizer, sympathiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for presympathize

sympathize

v.

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

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