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English definition of “sympathize”

sympathize

verb [I]  /ˈsɪm·pəˌθɑɪz/ us  

sympathize verb [I] (SHOW SUPPORT)

to show support for something; to agree with something : I sympathize with your position that it would be irresponsible to lower taxes now.

sympathize verb [I] (SHOW UNDERSTANDING)

to listen to someone who has a problem and show that you understand and care: I know what it’s like to have migraine headaches, so I do sympathize with you.
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