verb an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

: 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


Full Definition of ANALYZE

transitive verb
:  to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis (see analysis)
:  to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis
an·a·lyz·abil·i·ty \ˌa-nə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
an·a·lyz·able \ˈa-nə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
an·a·lyz·er \-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of ANALYZE

  1. The data was recorded and analyzed by computer.
  2. We took the sample to be chemically analyzed by a lab.
  3. Researchers are busy analyzing the results of the study.
  4. The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.
  5. 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

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>.
ANALYZER Defined for Kids


verb an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of ANALYZE for Kids

:  to examine something to find out what it is or what makes it work <The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.>
:  to study carefully to understand the nature or meaning of <analyze a problem>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb an·a·lyze
an·a·lyzed or British an·a·lysedan·a·lyz·ing or British an·a·lys·ing

Medical Definition of ANALYZE

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

Variants of ANALYZE

an·a·lyze or British an·a·lyse \ˈan-əl-ˌīz\


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