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Definition of the verb empathise

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verb - inflections: empathised | empathising | empathises

  1. be understanding of


"Empathise" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Empathise

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Google previewCaring as a Carer (2016)

by George Mailath

To empathise means that you are capable of understanding and appreciating everything that is happening and is being experienced by your patient.

Google previewPlacement Learning in Mental Health Nursing,A guide for students in practice,1 (2012)

Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing by Gemma Stacey, Anne Felton, Paul Bonham

The story has changed direction, but the nurse's initially misdirected attempt to empathise is the catalyst for this. In 'Service user response 3', again, it looks as if the empathic intention has missed the mark. If you examine the service user's ...

Google previewEarly Years Education (2006)

by Rod Parker-Rees

Empathy The ability to empathise is a social competence by which the child can understand the world from another's perspective. This is required for developing social relationships and cooperating within collaborative group learning ...

Google previewEthics and Leadership in Business and Politics (2001)

by Faan Malan

The ability to empathise is the ability to imagine what life is like for another person, even in a situation that we may not be familiar with. Being empathic can help us to accept others who may be very different from ourselves. It can improve social ...

Google previewGCE AS Level Health and Social Care Single Award Book (For OCR) (2005)

by Moonie

The ability to empathise is the ability to see beyond assumptions that you have grown up with. Burnard and Morrison (1997) state 'caring and communicating are inseparably linked. You cannot hope to communicate effectively if you do not ...

Google previewThe First Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2013)

A Gift for Sigmund Freud's 80th Birthday by Richard Sterba

Tact, the ability to empathise, and the knowledge of the educator will determine the proper selection and extent of what is to be revealed. Children regularly form theories about sexual processes and the origin of children; these theories are ...

Google previewThe Primary English Encyclopedia (2017)

The heart of the curriculum by Margaret Mallett

Griffiths, understood the potential of the medium to release the imaginative power of young listeners and to help them picture scenes and characters and to empathise with feelings. The poetry readings at the centre of these programmes ...

Google previewThe New Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (2011)

by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Jane Milton, Penelope Garvey, Cyril Couve, Deborah Steiner

What then tend increasingly to come to the fore are more integrated capacities for concern, reparation and forgiveness, the predominance of love over hate and an ability to empathise with the other. Money-Kyrle in 1944 (`Towards a common ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012)

by G.H.R. Parkinson

It is not analien, mechanical world, but a world suffused with meaning andvalues¦ values which wecanin principle share, and even if we do not share them,wecan understand them, empathise with them. Whereas the physical scientist seeks ...

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

Word Family empathize, empathise verb.

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Scrabble value of E1M3P3A1T1H4I1S1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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