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English definition of “sympathy”

sympathy

noun [C or U]     /ˈsɪmpəθi/
the act of showing understanding for someone or for a particular situation : sympathy for sb The prime minister expressed his sympathy for those injured in the attacks .have great/little/no sympathy for sth Locals have little sympathy for the chemical company following the toxic waste disaster .
come/walk out in sympathy HR, WORKPLACE to stop working in order to show your support for a group of workers who are on strike : The airline's ground staff walked out in sympathy with catering contractors .
in sympathy if prices on a market rise or go down in sympathy with others , they do this as a result of the others rising or going down: Gilts advanced 23p in sympathy with the overnight rise in US treasury bonds .
(Definition of sympathy noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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