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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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Boys born to such women are more likely to show female-typical, empathizing behaviors, such as caring for dolls.
20) If caught up with hurry sickness, a servant leader would be ineffective in the essential qualities of listening, understanding, empathizing, and increasing awareness with broadening of perception.
But other readers - and many with a deconstructive bent as well - will find Estrin's observations most useful when she emphasizes the agency of the speaker, not the Lauras - his triumphs in transforming his state of mind and sense of self by imagining, empathizing with, fearing, or otherwise acknowledging the otherness of the woman.
All the spiritual aspects of ecology are included along the way: the connectedness of all living things, the beauty of the earth, the arts of listening and seeing and empathizing, and the joy we can learn to experience in the simplest natural things.
This is women at their best--laughing, empathizing and noticing and applauding every tiny milestone that anyone reaches.
Officials said morale was starting to recover, however, after the hospital received hundreds of messages empathizing with the staff's long hours and unenviable task.