—n. 1. sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy: to feel pity for astarving child. 2. a cause or reason for pity, sorrow, or regret: What a pity you could not go! 3. have or take pity. to show mercy or compassion.
—v.t. to feel pity or compassion for; be sorry for; commiserate with.