anal·​o·​gize ə-ˈna-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce analogize (audio)
analogized; analogizing

intransitive verb

: to use or exhibit analogy

transitive verb

: to compare by analogy

Examples of analogize in a Sentence

analogized the White House scandal to a cancer that was spreading to every internal organ of the body
Recent Examples on the Web Judge Smith analogized what the FBI did to the abusive searches British authorities conducted in the run-up to the Revolutionary War. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Not so long ago, that analogizing was the work of shamans, imams, and ministers. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 In the past three weeks, Biden has hardly been alone in analogizing October 7 and September 11, and in suggesting that Israel might benefit from studying the American experience. Michael A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2023 Even in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data and the androids like him were analogized to humanity’s ugly history of slavery—the grotesque dream of free labor that never questions, never fights back. Katherine Alejandra Cross, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Lloyd can explain it only by analogizing anti-racist pedagogy to brainwashing. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 11 July 2023 Siegel also analogized Superman to the Biblical prophet Samson, who also had superhuman strength; Schwartz unearths several explicit references to Samson in the early books. Jay Michaelson, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 Indeed the music, with its banging, techno-style beats looped against plangent piano, analogizes Jamal’s predicament rather perfectly. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 25 Mar. 2023 This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History


analogy + -ize

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of analogize was in 1655

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“Analogize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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