Definition of sympathize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sympathize
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪz//
    he / she / it sympathizes
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzɪz//
    past simple sympathized
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzd//
    past participle sympathized
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzd//
    -ing form sympathizing
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpəθaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] sympathize (with somebody/something) | + speech to feel sorry for somebody; to show that you understand and feel sorry about somebody’s problems I find it very hard to sympathize with him.
  2. 2[intransitive] sympathize with somebody/something to support somebody/something He has never really sympathized with the aims of Animal Rights activists.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘suffer with another person’): from French sympathiser, from sympathie ‘sympathy, friendly understanding’ via Latin from Greek sumpatheia, from sumpathēs, from sun- ‘with’ + pathos ‘feeling’.Extra examples I completely sympathize with the workers’ situation. I entirely sympathize with this view. I sympathize deeply with his family. It is hard not to sympathize with her dilemma. We sympathized with the bereaved family. ‘I’ve got a terrible headache.’ ‘I can sympathize. I had one yesterday.’ I can really sympathize with her. I can really sympathize with what she’s going through. I think we can all sympathize with her dilemma.
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