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See also: sympathise
- To show sympathy; to be affected by feelings similar to those of another, in consequence of knowing the person to be thus affected.
- Their countrymen […] sympathized with their heroes in all their adventures.
- To have a common feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain.
- The mind will sympathize so much with the anguish and debility of the body, that it will be too distracted to fix itself in meditation.
- To agree; to be in accord; to harmonize.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
Further, the general “agree, accord” sense of sympathize is not shared with empathize.
to show sympathy