- 1Feel or express sympathy: it is easy to understand and sympathize with his predicamentMore example sentences
pity, feel/be sorry for, show sympathy for, be sympathetic towards, show compassion for, be compassionate towards, commiserate, offer condolences to, feel for, show concern, show interest; console, offer consolation to, comfort, solace, soothe, succour; be supportive of, support, encourage; empathize with, identify with, understand, relate to, be en rapport with, care for, weep for, grieve for, bleed for
- Asked to identify and sympathize with him as the show's hero, viewers must confront a series of contradictions.
- Movies have recognizable characters, people we can identify and sympathize with.
- Without them, an audience would be hard pressed to sympathize with Walter without their reactions descending into pity.
- 2Agree with a sentiment, opinion, or ideology: they sympathize with critiques of traditional theoryMore example sentences
- Even if you don't agree with him, it's not difficult to sympathise with the sentiment behind his off-the-cuff remark.
- I can sympathise with this opinion, but I do not agree with it, as I enjoy this hobby too much.
- He rejects the attitude that if you try to explain the origins of terrorism you support it or sympathize with it.
late 16th century (in the sense 'suffer with another person'): from French sympathiser, from sympathie 'sympathy, friendly understanding' (see sympathy).