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sym·pa·thize

 (sĭm′pə-thīz′)
intr.v. sym·pa·thized, sym·pa·thiz·ing, sym·pa·thiz·es
1. To feel or express compassion, as for another's suffering; commiserate.
2. To share or understand the feelings or ideas of another: sympathized with the goals of the committee.
3. To be in accord; correspond.

sym′pa·thiz′er n.
sym′pa·thiz′ing·ly adv.

sympathize

(ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz) or

sympathise

vb
1. to feel or express compassion or sympathy (for); commiserate: he sympathized with my troubles.
2. to share or understand the sentiments or ideas (of); be in sympathy (with)
ˈsympaˌthizer, ˈsympaˌthiser n

sym•pa•thize

(ˈsɪm pəˌθaɪz)

v.i. -thized, -thiz•ing.
1. to be in sympathy or agreement of feeling; share in a feeling (often fol. by with).
2. to feel a compassionate sympathy, as for suffering or trouble (often fol. by with).
3. to express sympathy or condole (often fol. by with).
4. to be in approving accord, as with a person or cause.
5. to agree, correspond, or accord.
[1580–90; < Middle French sympathiser=sympath(ie) sympathy + -iser -ize]
sym′pa•thiz`ing•ly, adv.

sympathize


Past participle: sympathized
Gerund: sympathizing

Imperative
sympathize
sympathize
Present
I sympathize
you sympathize
he/she/it sympathizes
we sympathize
you sympathize
they sympathize
Preterite
I sympathized
you sympathized
he/she/it sympathized
we sympathized
you sympathized
they sympathized
Present Continuous
I am sympathizing
you are sympathizing
he/she/it is sympathizing
we are sympathizing
you are sympathizing
they are sympathizing
Present Perfect
I have sympathized
you have sympathized
he/she/it has sympathized
we have sympathized
you have sympathized
they have sympathized
Past Continuous
I was sympathizing
you were sympathizing
he/she/it was sympathizing
we were sympathizing
you were sympathizing
they were sympathizing
Past Perfect
I had sympathized
you had sympathized
he/she/it had sympathized
we had sympathized
you had sympathized
they had sympathized
Future
I will sympathize
you will sympathize
he/she/it will sympathize
we will sympathize
you will sympathize
they will sympathize
Future Perfect
I will have sympathized
you will have sympathized
he/she/it will have sympathized
we will have sympathized
you will have sympathized
they will have sympathized
Future Continuous
I will be sympathizing
you will be sympathizing
he/she/it will be sympathizing
we will be sympathizing
you will be sympathizing
they will be sympathizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sympathizing
you have been sympathizing
he/she/it has been sympathizing
we have been sympathizing
you have been sympathizing
they have been sympathizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sympathizing
you will have been sympathizing
he/she/it will have been sympathizing
we will have been sympathizing
you will have been sympathizing
they will have been sympathizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sympathizing
you had been sympathizing
he/she/it had been sympathizing
we had been sympathizing
you had been sympathizing
they had been sympathizing
Conditional
I would sympathize
you would sympathize
he/she/it would sympathize
we would sympathize
you would sympathize
they would sympathize
Past Conditional
I would have sympathized
you would have sympathized
he/she/it would have sympathized
we would have sympathized
you would have sympathized
they would have sympathized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sympathize - share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
2.sympathize - be understanding ofsympathize - be understanding of; "You don't need to explain--I understand!"
3.sympathize - to feel or express sympathy or compassion
condole - express one's sympathetic grief, on the occasion of someone's death; "You must condole the widow"

sympathize

verb
1. feel for, pity, empathize, commiserate, bleed for, have compassion, grieve with, offer consolation, condole, share another's sorrow, feel your heart go out to I must tell you how much I sympathize with you for your loss.
feel for mock, disregard, scorn, disdain, have no feelings for
2. agree, support, side with, understand, identify with, go along with, be in accord, be in sympathy Some Europeans sympathize with the Americans over the issue.
agree reject, oppose, disagree, fail to understand

sympathize

verb
1. To experience or express compassion:
Idioms: be sorry, have pity.
2. To understand or be sensitive to another's feelings or ideas:
3. To associate or affiliate oneself closely with a person or group:
Translations
mít porozuměnímít soucitsympatizovat
sympatiserevise forståelse for
tuntea sympatiaa
suosjećati
同情する
동정하다
sympatizovať
sočustvovati
sympatisera
เห็นใจ
anlayışla karşılamakhalden anlamaksempati duymak
thông cảm

sympathize

[ˈsɪmpəθaɪz] VI (= feel pity) → compadecerse; (= understand) → comprender
to sympathize with sbcompadecerse de algn, compadecer a algn
I sympathize with what you say, butcomprendo tu punto de vista, pero ...
those who sympathize with our demandslos que apoyan nuestras reclamaciones
to sympathize with sb in his bereavementacompañar a algn en el sentimiento
they wrote to sympathizeescribieron para dar el pésame

sympathize

[ˈsɪmpəθaɪz] sympathise (British) vi
(= feel compassion) → compatir
to sympathize with sb (in grief, plight)être de tout cœur avec qn, compatir à la douleur de qn
Everyone sympathized with Bruce → Tout le monde compatissait à la douleur de Bruce.
(= understand, empathize) → comprendre
to sympathize with sb (= empathize) → partager les sentiments de qn
to sympathize with sb's feelings → être sensible aux sentiments de qn
(= support) to sympathize with [+ cause, rebels] → sympathiser avec; [+ proposal] → voir d'un bon œil

sympathize

vi (= feel compassion)mitfühlen, Mitleid haben (with mit); (= understand)Verständnis haben (with für); (= agree)sympathisieren (with mit) (esp Pol); (= express sympathy)sein Mitgefühl aussprechen; (on bereavement) → sein Beileid aussprechen; to sympathize with somebody over something (= feel sorry)mit jdm in einer Sache mitfühlen können; to sympathize with somebody’s viewsjds Ansichten teilen; to sympathize with somebody’s problemsmit jdm mitfühlen; I really do sympathize (= have pity)das tut mir wirklich leid; (= understand your feelings)ich habe wirklich vollstes Verständnis; I sympathize with you or with what you say/feel, but …ich teile Ihre Ansichten/Gefühle, aber …, ich kann Ihnen das nachfühlen, aber …; to sympathize with somebody in his bereavement/griefjds Verlust/Schmerz teilen; (= express sympathy)jdm sein Beileid/Mitgefühl aussprechen

sympathize

[ˈsɪmpəˌθaɪz] vi to sympathize (with sb) (feel pity) → partecipare al dolore (di qn); (understand) → capire (qn)
I sympathize with you in your grief → ti sono molto vicino nel dolore
I sympathize with what you say, but ... → capisco quello che vuoi dire, ma...

sympathy

(ˈsimpəði) noun
1. a feeling of pity or sorrow for a person in trouble. When her husband died, she received many letters of sympathy.
2. the state or feeling of being in agreement with, or of being able to understand, the attitude or feelings of another person. I have no sympathy with such a stupid attitude; Are you in sympathy with the strikers?
ˌsympaˈthetic (-ˈθetik) adjective
(negative unsympathetic) showing or feeling sympathy. She was very sympathetic when I failed my exam; a sympathetic smile.
sympaˈthetically adverb
ˈsympathize, ˈsympathise verb
to show or feel sympathy to. I find it difficult to sympathize with him when he complains so much.

sympathize

يَتَعَاطَفُ mít porozumění vise forståelse for mitfühlen συμμερίζομαι compadecer, simpatizar tuntea sympatiaa plaindre suosjećati simpatizzare 同情する 동정하다 sympathiseren ha medfølelse med współczuć compadecer-se сочувствовать sympatisera เห็นใจ halden anlamak thông cảm 同情
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He's not what you would call a good guy but I understand him, I sympathize with him.
The Iraqi people have tasted that bitterness, which makes them sympathize with Iran and stand side-by-side in this crisis.
1 : to feel or show pity or care and understanding for <We sympathize with the family in its sorrow.
I sympathize with the Castaic community," said Brenda Edmunds, a resident of Stevenson Ranch.
Kyle's voice is authentic, funny and aching, and his plight is easy to sympathize with: the issue of deciding how to meet both your needs and those of others will resonate with many teens.