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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 deeply comprehend or share in the emotions or sentiments of another. (often fol. by with).
I sympathized with his desire to leave the group, but I hoped that he would stay.I do sympathize with her missing home, but the sooner she gets used to it here the better.
synonyms:
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).
She knew he was broken-hearted, and she truly sympathized.In his letter, he sympathized with her on the terribly sad loss of her mother.
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).
At first he sympathized with the rebel cause, but later he began to question the motives of its leaders.
synonyms:
agree, approve, favor, side with
similar words:
appreciate, back, identify
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derivations: sympathizingly (adv.), sympathizer (n.)
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