One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he sympathized with his tearful wife’
pity, be sorry for, feel sorry for, show sympathy for, be sympathetic towards, show compassion for, be compassionate towards, commiserate, offer condolences to, feel for, show concern, show interest
console, offer consolation to, comfort, solace, soothe, succour
be supportive of, support, encourage
empathize with, identify with, understand, relate to, be en rapport with, care for, weep for, grieve for, bleed for
2‘they sympathize with feminist critiques of traditional theory’
agree, support, be in sympathy, be sympathetic towards, be in favour of, go along, favour, be well disposed to, approve of, commend, back, side with, align, encourage
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