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English definition of “sympathize”

sympathize

verb [I] uk (UK usually sympathise)   /ˈsɪm.pə.θaɪz/ us  

sympathize verb [I] (UNDERSTAND)

C2 to understand and care about someone's problems: I know what it's like to have migraines, so I do sympathize (with you).Sympathy and compassionEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion

sympathize verb [I] (SUPPORT)

to support and agree with someone or something: I sympathize with the general aims of the party, but on this particular issue I'm afraid I disagree.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
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