sympathize

[sim-puh-thahyz]
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:
1580–90; < Middle French sympathiser, equivalent to sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize

sympathizingly, adverb
nonsympathizing, adjective
nonsympathizingly, adverb
presympathize, verb (used without object), presympathized, presympathizing.
unsympathized, adjective
unsympathizing, adjective
unsympathizingly, adverb

empathize, sympathize.


4. understand, approve, favor, back, support.
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sympathize or sympathise (ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz)
 
vb (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)
 
sympathise or sympathise
 
vb
 
'sympathizer or sympathise
 
n
 
'sympathiser or sympathise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sympathise
British spelling of sympathize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.

sympathize
"to have fellow-feeling," c.1600; see sympathy.
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Example sentences
And those who are favoured by history can deplore injustice and sympathise with
  suffering without the crutch of national pride.
The moral case, although easy to sympathise with, is a way of trying to have
  one's cake and eat it.
The central bank is unlikely to sympathise with such reasoning.
To sympathise with their cause is to risk being tarred with the same brush.
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