American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feel or experience empathy: empathized with the striking miners.
- v. intransitive to feel empathy for another person
- v. be understanding of
“The history of his developing ability to empathize is documented in the Warm Springs records.”
“Can I with 3 decades of experience as a psychoanalyst and an interest in applying my knowledge to social problems actually empathize, that is stand in the shoes of and see things from their point of view, groups such as tea party followers and the Republican Congress?”
“There are no characters you're going to like or identify with, but you can empathize, which is what matters.”
“And one of the -- probably the worst optical moments of the Bush administration was, after the hurricane hit, Bush's decision not to land the plane and get out and empathize, which is what a president is supposed to do.”
“And one of the -- probably the worst optical moments for the Bush administration was after the hurricane hit, Bush's decision not to land the plane and get out and empathize, which is what a president is supposed to do.”
“But the film didn't work he proved the point with an early story reel, complete with Tom Hanks' dialogue, that was painful to watch until he understood that "like" means "empathize" -- that even if Woody was a jerk and selfish, that the audience had to empathize with him.”
“And yet they ask us to "empathize" with and forgive a man whio tosses aside his duties to fly to argentina for "love", while married to another woman.”
“The greatness of Shakespeare's plays is not only in his beautiful and powerful poetry, but in his ability to "empathize" with such a diverse cast of characters as kings, beggars, Africans and Jews (Shylock's famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" is an example), women and youth, the elderly and the sick.”
“President Obama said that he would nominate judges based on their ability to "empathize" in general and with certain groups in particular.”
“That pretty well sums up how often English speakers use the term "empathize" the way you think it should be used.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘empathize’.
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
New Words - Building my own vocabulary
Looking for tweets for empathize.