- 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[intransitive] sympathize with somebody/something to support somebody/something He has never really sympathized with the aims of Animal Rights activists. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘suffer with another person’): from French sympathiser, from sympathie
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//