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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.
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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.
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We mourn the loss of precious lives and completely sympathize with Your Excellency and the people of Chile in bearing this enormous national calamity, the Prime Minister said in his message to the Chilean President.
One fifth sympathizes more with the Palestinians, the poll showed, the highest number by one point in Gallup's trend since 2001.
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Summary: Saudi Arabia said Sunday it would punish anyone who belongs to Hezbollah, sympathizes with it, finances it or harbors its members.
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Although Fraser sympathizes with the monarchy she also shows that France needed much more than a well-meaning monarch manipulated and ruled by an extravagant court riddled with intrigue and indifference to the needs of the people.