analyze

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verb an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of analyze

analyzed

;

analyzing

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

  3. 2 :  to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis chemically analyze a specimen analyze a sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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 (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

ANALYZE Defined for English Language Learners

analyze

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verb

Definition of analyze for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

analyze

play
verb an·a·lyze \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of analyze for Students

analyzed

;

analyzing

  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

analyze

transitive verb an·a·lyze
variants: or British

analyse

\ˈan-əl-ˌīz\play

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



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