sympathy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"sympathy" in British English

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sympathynoun

uk   us   /ˈsɪm.pə.θi/

sympathy noun (UNDERSTANDING)

B2 [U] (an ​expression of) ​understanding and ​care for someone else's ​suffering: The ​president has ​sent a ​message of sympathy to the ​relatives of the ​deadsoldiers. I don't have much sympathy for her - I ​think she's ​brought her ​troubles on herself.
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offer/send your sympathies formal to ​expressyoursadness to someone because a ​relation or ​friend of theirs has ​recentlydied: I went along to the ​funeral in ​order to ​offer my sympathies.
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sympathy noun (SUPPORT)

C2 [U] support and ​agreement: I must ​confess I have some sympathy with his ​views.sympathies [plural] support: Of those ​peoplequestioned, 93 ​percent said ​their sympathies were with the ​teachers. He is ​known to have ​right-wing sympathies.come out in sympathy with sb UK to ​stopworking in ​order to show ​yoursupport for other ​workers who are on strike : The ​railwayworkers came out in sympathy with the ​miners.
(Definition of sympathy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sympathy" in American English

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sympathynoun [U]

 us   /ˈsɪm·pə·θi/

sympathy noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

a ​feeling or ​expression of ​understanding and ​caring for someone ​else who is ​suffering or has ​problems that have caused ​unhappiness: When Robert ​died, I ​sent a ​letter of sympathy to his ​wife.

sympathy noun [U] (SUPPORT)

a ​feeling or ​expression of ​support and ​agreement: She ​tends to be in sympathy with the ​leftwing of the ​party. [pl] On the ​subject of ​wilderness, her sympathies were ​clearly pro-environmental.
(Definition of sympathy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sympathy" in Business English

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sympathynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈsɪmpəθi/
the ​act of showing ​understanding for someone or for a particular ​situation: sympathy for sb The ​primeministerexpressed his sympathy for those ​injured in the attacks.have great/little/no sympathy for sth Locals have little sympathy for the ​chemicalcompanyfollowing the ​toxicwastedisaster.
come/walk out in sympathy HR, WORKPLACE to ​stopworking in ​order to show your ​support for a ​group of ​workers who are on strike : The airline's ​groundstaff walked out in sympathy with ​cateringcontractors.
in sympathy if ​prices on a ​marketrise 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 ​overnightrise in US treasury ​bonds.
(Definition of sympathy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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