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empathize with (someone or something)

To feel someone else's emotions along with them. To see or understand things from someone else's position or perspective. I used to resent my dad for the placid way he is with our domineering mother, but now that I've grown up a bit, I'm able to empathize with him and have a greater appreciation for what he must be going through. I can really empathize with Maggie because my mom died when I was a kid too, and it was a devastating experience.
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empathize with someone or something

to have an understanding about the way someone feels; to feel emotional pain with someone. I can really empathize with what you must be going through. I've been through the same thing. I empathize with people who have the same family problems that I have.
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Although the book is a parable with significant religious symbolism woven through its pages, one can easily empathize with his responses and gain a greater understanding of the human spirit.
19) The first challenge is to be an empathetic individual; it is difficult over a duration of time to continually be a true listener and empathize with the other individual.
The psychologists also asked a series of situational questions designed to assess the volunteers' communication and listening skills, as well as their ability to solve problems and empathize.
This link between minimal caretaking and incest stands regardless of a man's childhood physical or sexual abuse by his parents, inability to empathize with others, emotional instability, marital problems, or negative attitudes toward a daughter in the months before her birth, say Linda M.
As a female, I empathize with my customers and relate with them on the importance of a safe effective laundry facility.
While we can empathize with the women, including mid-teens, who chose to give up their babies so that some childless couple could give them a proper home, we cannot fail to be deeply moved by their horrendous experiences.
I empathize with several of the situations because I've worked in both public accounting and private industry.
When do we empathize (FrE[umlaut]dE[umlaut]rique de Vignemont)?
Its storytelling is traditional, save for the radical fact that it asks you to empathize with the ``enemy'' as they fight the U.
Readers will ponder the nature of gifts and curses, and empathize with Orrec as he struggles to make his way in this strange, vaguely medieval world.
I can empathize with William Norman Grigg's concerns in "Casting Aside Justice" (August 8 issue) about presidents giving themselves unlimited power to designate an "enemy combatant" as such and deny these individuals constitutional safeguards.
Pro-CAN spokesperson Joyce Arthur has been known to state that pro-life Canadians are "religious fanatics" who do "little or nothing for children once they are born," are "anti-woman and anti-child," have views that are "uninformed, sexist and cruel" and have an inability to empathize, which breeds "intolerance, hate crimes, war.
They don't evolve, and we don't empathize with them, making it difficult to really know them and in turn to care about them.
As well, Charles Warren, CDC'S lead scientist on the survey, who stressed that first, specific gender programmes must be developed that empathize the serious health consequences of tobacco use, including poor reproductive health, and "second, the widespread use of other tobacco products in addition to cigarettes in many countries means that tobacco control programs must be broad in scope.