- The definition of commiserate means to express or have sympathy.
An example of to commiserate is to have compassion for a person going through a divorce.
transitive verbcommiserated, commiserating
Origin of commiserate; from Classical Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari, to pity ; from com-, intensive + miserari, to pity: see misery
verbcom·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing, com·mis·er·ates
Origin of commiserateLatin commiserārī, commiserāt- : com-, com- + miserārī, to pity (from miser, wretched).
- (obsolete, rare) commiserating, pitying, lamentful
From commiserātus, the perfect passive participle of commiseror.
(third-person singular simple present commiserates, present participle commiserating, simple past and past participle commiserated)
Modelled upon commiserāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin commiseror.