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

sympathize
"to have fellow-feeling," c.1600; see sympathy.
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Example sentences
She said she sympathized with the applicant that they are trying to make it an interim use.
Many other residents sympathized with the movement but had not yet participated in direct action.
In reality, he sympathized with the plight of workers.
It is quite likely that his publisher understood and sympathized with his predicament.
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