Simple Definition of parse
grammar : to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each other
: to study (something) by looking at its parts closely
Full Definition of parse
1 a : to resolve (as a sentence) into component parts of speech and describe them grammatically b : to describe grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection and syntactical relationships
2 : to examine in a minute way : analyze critically <having trouble parsing … explanations for dwindling market shares — R. S. Anson>
1 : to give a grammatical description of a word or a group of words
2 : to admit of being parsed
Examples of parse in a sentence
Students were asked to parse the sentence.
Economists parsed the census data.
Did You Know?
If "parse" brings up images of elementary school and learning the parts of speech, you've done your homework regarding this word. "Parse" comes from the first element of the Latin term for "part of speech" - "pars orationis." It's an old word that has been used in the schoolroom since the 16th century, but it did not graduate to its extended, non-grammar-related sense until the late 18th century. Remember this extended sense, and you're really at the head of the class.
Origin of parse
Latin pars orationis part of speech
First Known Use: circa 1553
Definition of parse
: a product or an instance of parsing
First Known Use of parse
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