- 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.
commiserate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin commiseratus, past participle of commiserari, to pity ; from com-, intensive plush miserari, to pity: see misery
commiserate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb com·mis·er·at·ed, com·mis·er·at·ing, com·mis·er·ates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin commiserārī, commiserāt- : com-, com- + miserārī, to pity (from miser, wretched).
- com·misˈer·aˌtive adjective
- com·misˈer·aˌtive·ly adverb
- com·misˈer·aˌtor noun