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sympathize

sym·pa·thize

sympathize

 
pronunciation:
sIm p thaIz
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sympathized, sympathizes, sympathizing
definition 1: to share in or commiserate with another's emotions; be in sympathy (often fol. by with).
synonyms:
commiserate, feel for, understand
similar words:
appreciate, identify, pity
definition 2: to feel or express compassion or tenderness for another, esp. one suffering sorrow or difficulty; give condolences to (often fol. by with).
synonyms:
commiserate, condole, feel for
similar words:
pity
definition 3: to feel or express approval of plans, causes, ideas, or the like; be in agreement (often fol. by with).
synonyms:
agree, approve, favor, side with
similar words:
appreciate, back, identify
derivations: sympathizingly (adv.), sympathizer (n.)
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The word sympathize contains the following part:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.