verb (used without object), sympathized, sympathizing.
to be in sympathy
or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often followed by with
to feel a compassionate sympathy
, as for suffering or trouble (often followed by with
to express sympathy
or condole (often followed by with
to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause: to sympathize with a person's aims.
to agree, correspond, or accord.
Also, especially British, sympathise.
Origin: 1580–90; Related forms
< Middle French sympathiser,
equivalent to sympath
+ -iser -ize
presympathize, verb (used without object), presympathized, presympathizing.
4. understand, approve, favor, back, support.