analyze

verb
an·​a·​lyze | \ ˈa-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce analyze (audio) \
analyzed; analyzing

Definition of analyze

transitive verb

1 : to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of (something) by analysis
2 : to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis chemically analyze a specimen analyze a sentence

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Other Words from analyze

analyzability \ ˌa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce analyzability (audio) \ noun
analyzable \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce analyzable (audio) \ adjective
analyzer \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce analyzer (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 (such 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

Examples of analyze in a Sentence

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 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 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 The data was recorded and analyzed by computer. We took the sample to be chemically analyzed by a lab. Researchers are busy analyzing the results of the study. The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.
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Recent Examples on the Web Justice department agents analyzed county records showing the sheriff’s office billed Elgin for 785.75 hours of patrol activities for nine people from Oct. 14, 2011, to Feb. 3, 2012, for a total of $19,643.75. oregonlive, "Union County sheriff violated law, but beyond statute of limitations, DOJ says," 8 May 2020 SmartAsset analyzed the average food spending per household and average household income. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how much the average metro Detroit household spends on food," 8 May 2020 For decades, Californians watched, analyzed, criticized and voted for Edmund G. Brown Jr. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Jerry Brown gets the biography he deserves," 8 May 2020 Watson AIOps can analyze thousands of possible problems related to a database server that caused an IT outage, for example. Sara Castellanos And Steven Rosenbush, WSJ, "IBM CEO Lays Out New Initiatives in Cloud, AI," 5 May 2020 In the coming days, Marion County public health leaders will analyze this phased approach to assess how it can be implemented in Indianapolis. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "What Indiana's reopening means for malls, retailers and personal services like hair salons," 1 May 2020 Also in California, Bakersfield California physicians Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi analyzed statistics on COVID-19 tests, infections, and deaths. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Biased Big Tech Firms Must Pick Between Their Split Personalities," 1 May 2020 At the Yale School of Medicine, a team led by immunobiologist Akiko Iwasaki is analyzing blood samples from male and female COVID-19 patients, as well as a healthy control group of health-care workers. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Is COVID-19 Striking Men Harder Than Women?," 1 May 2020 If hardware sensors detect a pattern of footsteps, software can analyze them to verify an individual’s identity. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of analyze

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analyze

probably irregular from analysis

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The first known use of analyze was in 1587

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12 May 2020

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“Analyze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analyze. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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analyze

verb
How to pronounce analyze (audio)

English Language Learners 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

analyze

verb
an·​a·​lyze | \ ˈa-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce analyze (audio) \
analyzed; analyzing

Kids Definition of analyze

1 : to examine something to find out what it is or what makes it work The bacteria were analyzed under a powerful microscope.
2 : to study carefully to understand the nature or meaning of analyze a problem
an·​a·​lyze
variants: or British analyse \ ˈan-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce analyse (audio) \
analyzed or British analysed; analyzing or British analysing

Medical Definition of analyze

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

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