sympathize Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
  2. verb be understanding of
    understand; empathise; empathize; sympathise.
    • You don't need to explain--I understand!
  3. verb to feel or express sympathy or compassion
    commiserate; sympathise.


Sym"pa*thize intransitive verb
F. sympathiser. See Sympathy.
imperfect & past participle Sympathized ; present participle & verbal noun Sympathizing
  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 transitive verb
  1. To experience together. Obs. "This sympathized . . . error." Shak.
  2. To ansew to; to correspond to. Obs. Shak.

Webster 1913