commiserate c.1600, from L. commiseratus, pp. of commiserari "to pity, bewail" (see COMMISERATION (Cf. commiseration)). Related: Commiserated; commiserating. An O.E. loan-translation of commiserate was efensargian.

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  • Commiserate — Com*mis er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commiserated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commiserating}.] [L. commiseratus, p. p. of commiserari to commiserate; com + miserari to pity. See {Miserable}.] To feel sorrow, pain, or regret for; to pity. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commiserate — was a transitive verb for about three centuries: • She did not exult in her rival s fall, but, on the contrary, commiserated her H. Ainsworth, 1871 but under the influence of condole with and sympathize with, it is now construed with with… …   Modern English usage

  • commiserate — index sympathize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • commiserate — [v] listen to woes of another ache, compassionate, condole, console, feel, feel for, have mercy, pity, share sorrow, sympathize; concepts 110,596 Ant. be indifferent, turn away …   New thesaurus

  • commiserate — ► VERB ▪ express sympathy or pity; sympathize. DERIVATIVES commiseration noun. ORIGIN Latin commiserari, from miserari to lament …   English terms dictionary

  • commiserate — [kə miz′ər āt΄] vt. commiserated, commiserating [< L commiseratus, pp. of commiserari, to pity < com , intens. + miserari, to pity: see MISERY] to feel or show sorrow or pity for vi. to condole or sympathize (with) SYN. PITY commiseration n …   English World dictionary

  • commiserate — v. (d; intr.) to commiserate on; with (I commiserate with you on your misfortune) * * * [kə mɪzəreɪt] with (I commiserate with you on your misfortune) (d; intr.) to commiserate on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • commiserate — UK [kəˈmɪzəreɪt] / US [kəˈmɪzəˌreɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms commiserate : present tense I/you/we/they commiserate he/she/it commiserates present participle commiserating past tense commiserated past participle commiserated to express… …   English dictionary

  • commiserate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pity, condole. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. share sorrow, condole, console, empathize; see pity 1 , sympathize . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [kuh MIZ uh RATE] to pity or feel… …   English dictionary for students

  • commiserate — [[t]kəmɪ̱zəreɪt[/t]] commiserates, commiserating, commiserated VERB If you commiserate with someone, you show them pity or sympathy when something unpleasant has happened to them. [V with n] When I lost, he commiserated with me. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

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