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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 they dominated the scene a century ago, Peter Behrens and contemporaries such as Olbrich and van de Velde seem so remote to us now that it is hard to imagine, let alone empathize with, the excitement of their work when new, or to credit them with the intellectual profundity they felt they had achieved.
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The persecuted Christian minority identifies with her early sufferings, and Sudanese refugees empathize with the fact that she attained a measure of peace only in exile.
Shadow tells the tale, and readers will empathize with his struggle to learn to trust again.
Readers will be drawn to the familiar characters and will even feel obliged to empathize with the would-be antagonists, the main character's husbands.
Some aspects of the plot stretch credulity, but Cooper is an admirable hero and YAs will certainly empathize with his desire to do things his way and with his rejection of those people who simply want to make use of him.
As a result, it is hard to empathize with them or their situations.