Meaning of “sympathize” in the English Dictionary

"sympathize" in British English

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sympathizeverb [ I ]

UK usually sympathise uk /ˈsɪm.pə.θaɪz/ us /ˈsɪm.pə.θaɪz/

(Definition of “sympathize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sympathizeverb [ I ]

us /ˈsɪm·pəˌθɑɪz/

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.

(Definition of “sympathize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)