empathize with (someone or something)

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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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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.
We empathize with them," said Dwight Garland, vice president of advertising at Staples.
As a result, it is hard to empathize with them or their situations.