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English definition of “sympathy”

sympathy

noun [U]     /ˈsɪmpəθi/
PROBLEMS B2 the feeling that you understand and care about someone's problems : I have no sympathy for people who say they can't find work but are really just too lazy to look . It's not money she wants , it's just a little sympathy.Sympathy and compassion
IDEAS agreement with or support for someone's ideas or actions : Scott was in sympathy with this view .Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of sympathy noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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