1 showing you understand sb's feelings
VERBS appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound | become | find sb I found the doctors quite sympathetic.
ADV. deeply, extremely, genuinely, immensely, truly, very a patient and deeply sympathetic man He sounded genuinely sympathetic. | largely | fairly, pretty, quite | suitably She made suitably sympathetic noises down the phone.
PREP. about My boss is being very sympathetic about my problems. | to They were extremely sympathetic to my plight. | towards I did not feel sympathetic towards them.
2 in agreement with sb/sth
VERBS appear, be, seem
ADV. deeply, extremely, highly, very | entirely | less than | broadly, generally, quite | politically
PREP. to The government is broadly sympathetic to our ideas.