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English definition of “empathize”

empathize

verb [I] (UK usually empathise)     /ˈem.pə.θaɪz/
to be able to understand how someone else feels: It's very easy to empathize with the characters in her books. → Compare sympathizeEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion empathetic     /ˌem.pəˈθet.ɪk/ US  /-ˈθet̬-/ adjective empathizing with someoneEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion
(Definition of empathize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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