empathize with

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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Chimpanzees appear to develop susceptibility to interspecies contagious yawning as they grow from infant to juvenile, possibly due to their developing ability to empathize with the person yawning.
Turning to another aspect of tutoring, Nancy Effinger Wilson and Keri Fitzgerald detail for us how they help tutors learn to overcome personal biases towards certain types of students so that they can empathize with all the students they work with, not just some.
I am proud to say that after much searching and struggling, I am able to empathize with Palestinian suffering, even as I do not endorse methods of violence and collective punishment.
I am proud to say that after much searching and struggling, I am able to sincerely empathize with Palestinian suffering, even as I do not endorse methods of violence and collective punishment.
We certainly do empathize with the struggles you and your wife have experienced, but this does not justify ignorance of Catholic teaching which has been available for decades.
The reader respects Nathan and Liz; it is easy to empathize with each one of them.
You certainly will soon empathize with Togai and his many personal challenges.
Says Roger Bowen, AAUP general counsel: "While we can empathize with the terrible disaster, it's difficult to be silent when so many faculty are losing their jobs, and in the absence of good data to demonstrate that that should happen.
I learn that every day, every lesson will not be the same--and I empathize with the student.
Lencioni does have a knack for creating personable characters that readers can empathize with to lead them through the story.
Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump helped him empathize with wounded combat soldiers and facilitated his ability to talk with them.
But by pairing The First Grand National's narration with an unconnected abstract image--as opposed to, say, a scene of a little old lady in her rundown flat--Gander encourages us to pay greater attention to her words and, by extension, to empathize with her plight.
Libby And The Cat is a very highly recommended children's book that parents can readily utilize to help youngsters empathize with family pets and learn to treat them with consideration.
Any woman, who has ever cared for a precious life, can empathize with the plight of the Afghan woman.
We can substitute the disenfranchised woman (or even minority group), thus establishing that only when men can empathize with the plight of women will they discontinue the destruction of women's existential selves as perpetuated through the domestication of females.