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

Keep scrolling for more

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 \ -​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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

In recent years, provisions that make work more accessible to women raising their families alone, as the Current Population Survey, analyzed by the New York Times, has discovered. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Data Shows Single Moms Are Dominating The Work Force," 7 June 2019 Delgado's defense attorney closed his case Thursday, as well, after calling an expert witness who analyzed Delgado's phone. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Both sides rest in trial of Brenda Delgado, the woman accused of plotting Dallas dentist's slaying," 6 June 2019 The following list of such available players was ranked by Sportsnet and analyzed by The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers based on the Avs’ perspective. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is undefeated in the UFC since the birth of his son," 6 June 2019 Holzhauer was toppled by 27-year-old librarian Emma Boettcher, who had been obsessed with the show all her life and even analyzed it in her in 70-page final college paper. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "So, You Want To Know The Drama That Went Down On Jeopardy Last Night? You’re Not Alone," 5 June 2019 According to dating site Zoosk, which in conjunction with the website askmen analyzed more than 15 million online dating photos of men and women, images that include Jeeps boosted messages from potential conquests by 243 percent. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Put a Jeep in Your Online Dating Profile Now—You'll Get More Messages," 16 May 2019 The point behind artificial intelligence, however, is that Microsoft’s services should go beyond recording input to analyzing it and providing assistance. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana AI gives programmable bots listening and decisionmaking skills," 2 May 2019 Hayabusa2 is also slated to collect a sample of Ryugu rock and send it back to Earth at the end of 2020 so that the pristine cosmic material can be analyzed by scientists directly. Megan Gannon, Space.com, "'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images," 13 Oct. 2018 Roughly the size of an iPhone, this slim monitor slips neatly under your mattress to analyze REM cycles and breathing patterns. Jancee Dunn, Outside Online, "The Best Gadgets to Improve Your Sleep," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'analyze.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of analyze

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analyze

probably irregular from analysis

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about analyze

Statistics for analyze

Last Updated

10 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for analyze

The first known use of analyze was in 1587

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for analyze

analyze

verb

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

analyze

transitive verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on analyze

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for analyze

Spanish Central: Translation of analyze

Nglish: Translation of analyze for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of analyze for Arabic Speakers

Comments on analyze

What made you want to look up analyze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!