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sympathize (v.)

"have fellow-feeling," c. 1600, from French sympathiser, from sympathie (see sympathy). Earlier in a physiological sense (1590s). As "express sympathy," from 1748. Related: Sympathized; sympathizing.

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Definitions of sympathize from WordNet

sympathize (v.)
share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of;
Synonyms: sympathise
sympathize (v.)
be understanding of;
sympathize (v.)
to feel or express sympathy or compassion;
Synonyms: commiserate / sympathise
From wordnet.princeton.edu