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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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Examples from the web for sympathise
  • 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.
  • People are loyal to their neighbours, and sympathise with the little guy.
  • Nonetheless, almost everyone seems to sympathise with the insurgents' cause.
British Dictionary definitions for sympathise

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 sympathise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of sympathize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Sympathised; sympathising.

sympathize

v.

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

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