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verb, an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of analyze

  • : to study (something) closely and carefully : to learn the nature and relationship of the parts of (something) by a close and careful examination

  • : to study the emotions and thoughts of (someone) by using psychoanalysis

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of analyze


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis (see analysis)

  3. 2 :  to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis

  4. 3 :  psychoanalyze

analyzability play \ˌa-nə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
analyzable play \ˈa-nə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
analyzer play \-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of analyze in a sentence

  1. While Wroe offers some basic biographical information and quotes copiously from Shelley's writings, she does not tell a chronological story or analyze individual poems. —Adam Kirsch, New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2007

  2. They are not doing the math. Doing the math would mean demonstrating that the voters' intuitive judgments are roughly what they would get if they analyzed the likely effects of candidates' policies, and this is a difficult calculation to perform. —Louis Menand, New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2004

  3. Ms. Magazine's online daily weblog, written by Christine Cupaiuolo, analyzes the representation of women in media and popular culture. Here are excerpts from recent postings. —Ms., Fall 2003

  4. The data was recorded and analyzed by computer.

  5. We took the sample to be chemically analyzed by a lab.

  6. Researchers are busy analyzing the results of the study.

  7. The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.

Origin of analyze

probably irregular from analysis

First Known Use: 1587

Synonym Discussion of analyze

analyze, dissect, break down mean to divide a complex whole into its parts or elements. analyze suggests separating or distinguishing the component parts of something (as a substance, a process, a situation) so as to discover its true nature or inner relationships <analyzed the collected data>. dissect suggests a searching analysis by laying bare parts or pieces for individual scrutiny <commentators dissected every word of the speech>. break down implies a reducing to simpler parts or divisions <break down the budget>.

ANALYZE Defined for Kids


verb an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of analyze for Students


  1. 1 :  to examine something to find out what it is or what makes it work <The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.>

  2. 2 :  to study carefully to understand the nature or meaning of <analyze a problem>

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb an·a·lyze

Medical Definition of analyze

analyzed or British analysed; analyzing or British analysing

  1. 1:  to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis; especially :  to examine by chemical analysis

  2. 2:  psychoanalyze

Variants of analyze

or British analyse \ˈan-əl-ˌīz\play

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