American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feel or express compassion, as for another's suffering; commiserate.
- v. To share or understand the feelings or ideas of another: sympathized with the goals of the committee.
- v. To be in accord; correspond.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To have or exhibit sympathy; be affected as a result of the affection of some one or something else. Specifically— To share a feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain, with another; feel with another.
- To feel in consequence of what another feels; be affected by feelings similar to those of another, commonly in consequence of knowing the other to be thus affected.
- To be affected sympathetically; respond sympathetically to external influences of any kind.
- To agree; flt; harmonize.
- To express sympathy; condole.
- To be of like nature or disposition; resemble.
- To have sympathy for; share in; participate in.
- To form with suitable adaptation; contrive with congruity or consistency of parts; match in all the concomitants of; harmonize in all the parts of.
- Also spelled sympathise.
- v. To show deep sympathy towards someone or something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To have a common feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain.
- v. 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.
- v. To agree; to be in accord; to harmonize.
- v. obsolete To experience together.
- v. obsolete To ansew to; to correspond to.
- v. to feel or express sympathy or compassion
- v. share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
- v. be understanding of
“It takes a native to sympathize, which is why I go.”
“In this world, to understand and to sympathize is to be saddened.”
“Here Will is supposed to be the everyman, the character with whom we should sympathize, which is quite a bit to rest on his slim, bookish shoulders.”
“The judges were not there to 'sympathize' they were they to interpret the LAW.”
“It says it can "sympathize" with the attempt to "decimate" Hamas and "wrest Gaza from its grip," despite much expert commentary that this would do more harm than good in the long run (especially since Hamas did win a democratic election).”
“You know, don't torch me on this one, but I kind of sympathize with the baker.”
“Outgoing National Police Commissioner Frank Short, a salty Australian expat, has publicly rebuked Rabuka for appearing to "sympathize" with the rebels.”
“Demons, hearing this word, thought it meant dayadhvam, meaning "sympathize" or "be compassionate"; in the Oriental context demons were not evil spirits but deities of the old matriarchal religion, who preached karuna, mother-love.”
“His character just _will_ not shut up through the entire course of the movie, but you kind of sympathize with the motormouth response to everything going on around him.”
“His consigliare, Alberto Gonzales, has trotted out the old red-baiting notion of a fifth column, a movement of citizens who "sympathize" with the enemy.”
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