sympathize

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This word may also be spelled "sympathise."
sympathize(
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to feel sorry for; often used with "with")
a. compadecerse de
Alex couldn't help but sympathize with Leslie; she seemed unconsolable.Alex no pudo dejar de compadecerse de Leslie; ella se veía inconsolable.
b. compadecer
I think Cesar deserves to be punished for cheating, so I just can't sympathize.Creo que Cesar merece ser castigado por haber hecho trampa, así que no lo compadezco.
2. (to relate to; often used with "with")
a. comprender
I can sympathize with your situation, but the harsh reality is that your paper is late.Puedo comprender tu situación, pero la dura realidad es que tu trabajo está retrasado.
3. (to support; used with "with")
a. simpatizar con
The poet was imprisoned for sympathizing with communists.El poeta fue encarcelado por simpatizar con comunistas.
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sympathize
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (show sympathy)
a. compadecerse
to sympathize (with something/somebody)comprender (algo/a alguien)
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sympathize [ˈsɪmpəθaɪz]
intransitive verb
(feel pity) compadecerse; (understand) comprender
to sympathize with sb compadecerse de algn; compadecer a algn; I sympathize with what you say, but ... comprendo tu punto de vista, pero ...; those who sympathize with our demands los que apoyan nuestras reclamaciones; to sympathize with sb in his bereavement acompañar a algn en el sentimiento; they wrote to sympathize escribieron para dar el pésame
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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