empathize

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empathize (third-person singular simple present empathizes, present participle empathizing, simple past and past participle empathized)

  1. (intransitive) to feel empathy for another person
    • 2001, Alias (TV, episode 1.03)
      Must have been [...] devastating when Kenny was killed. But I want you to know that you can trust me. I understand you. I empathize.

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Used similarly to sympathize, interchangeably in looser usage. In stricter usage, empathize is stronger and more intimate, while sympathize is weaker and more distant; see empathy: usage notes.

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