Definitions for: Sympathize


[v] be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!"
[v] to feel or express sympathy or compassion
[v] share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of



Webster (1913) Definition: Sym"pa*thize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sympathized; p.
pr. & vb. n. Sympathizing.] [F. sympathiser. See
Sympathy.]
1. To have a common feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain.

The mind will sympathize so much with the anguish
and debility of the body, that it will be too
distracted to fix itself in meditation.
--Buckminster.

2. To feel in consequence of what another feels; to be
affected by feelings similar to those of another, in
consequence of knowing the person to be thus affected.

Their countrymen . . . sympathized with their heroes
in all their adventures. --Addison.

3. To agree; to be in accord; to harmonize. --Dryden.


Sym"pa*thize, v. t.
1. To experience together. [Obs.] ``This sympathized . . .
error.'' --Shak.

2. To ansew to; to correspond to. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: commiserate, empathise, empathize, sympathise, sympathise, understand

See Also: compassionate, condole, condole with, experience, feel, feel for, pity, sympathize with

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