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sympathize

verb
     
sym‧pa‧thize also sympathise British English [intransitive]
1 to feel sorry for someone because you understand their problems:
I sympathize, but I don't know how to help.
sympathize with
I can sympathize with those who have lost loved ones.
2 to support someone's ideas or actions
sympathize with
The public sympathized with the miners' strike.

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