sympathize with (someone or something)

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sympathize with (someone or something)

1. To feel or express compassion for what someone is experiencing or feeling. We're so sorry for your loss, Mike. I just wanted to let you know that we all sympathize with you. I really sympathize with her plight—it's just such an awful situation, with no clear solution.
2. To share or understand the thoughts, ideas, ambitions, etc., of someone or something else. We certainly sympathize with your intentions, Ms. Connors, but there are certain issues that make this much more difficult to implement than you're suggesting. Thankfully the board of directors sympathized with our team and what we were trying to accomplish.
See also: sympathize

sympathize with someone (about someone or something)

to share someone else's sorrow or anger about someone or something; to comfort someone who is sad or angry (about someone or something). I sympathize with you about what you are going through. I really sympathize with you.
See also: sympathize
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When asked about the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, 46 per cent of Americans say they sympathise more with the Israelis, 16 per cent say they sympathise more with the Palestinians and about four-in-ten (38 per cent) either volunteer that their sympathies are with both (5 per cent), neither (14 per cent) or that they do not know (19 per cent).
Of course, we must sympathise with any council official selling an ill-thought-out solution, rather than offering a serious attempt to control the behaviour of sales firms which adopt aggressive sales and marketing techniques, and perhaps is eager to gain brownie points for the introduction of such a scheme.
I also sympathise with Mr Wright that the landlords of many nearby rented properties fail to keep the gardens in reasonable order.
I sympathise strongly with the residents of Syca-more Grange and write to say that they are not alone in their misery.
Ratcliffe sympathises with Toshack's plight because he acknowledges that any manager not getting results will be under pressure which is why he would love to see Wales beat Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Having seen Lord Brocket get to grips with the fundamentals of Alex's personality,I can sympathise with George
WE must clearly sympathise with those members of the Labour Party who are prepared to put self interest first and foremost, rather than put the interest of the Labour Party and the country first, particularly the NuLab cadre.
I SYMPATHISE with the Liberals, their fortunes having gone downhill since Paddy Backdown led the gaggle, and their fortunes have not improved since the flip-flopping rabble entered Parliament after the 2010 General Election.
And I regret it because I sympathise with the people who are animal activists.
Forgive them, yes, provided they repay their ill-gotten gains, but sympathise? No way.
Blair said: "I sympathise fully with those who'll lose their jobs."
I sympathise with any parents who are unhappy with the new school meal arrangements, designed to improve children's diet.
He said: "I know smoking isn't good for you, but I do sympathise with people who are addicted.
I SYMPATHISE with David Sutcliffe's problems of delayed and cancelled trains from North Wales to and from London (Daily Post Letters, April 2).
Bill Evans has written to civic leaders to say: We know what it's like and we sympathise.