analyze

verb
an·​a·​lyze | \ˈa-nə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
analyzable \ˈa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective
analyzer \-​ˌlī-​zər \ noun

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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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Anti-stall system triggered Peter Lemme, a former Boeing flight-controls engineer who is now an avionics and satellite-communications consultant, analyzed the graphs minute by minute. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 The same outcome was not seen in men, but now scientists are analyzing the role vitamin D plays in muscle building in larger clinical trials. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 Last month, workers and rights groups persuaded Google not to renew a contract to supply artificial intelligence tools to help the Pentagon analyze footage from drone aircraft. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 Back in 2014 members of the all-volunteer museum staff started analyzing all the signatures in the guest book and documenting where everyone had come from. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Small Valley Center history museum draws big crowds," 13 July 2018 In addition to analyzing the top states, Bankrate determined which states might be worst for retirees. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire," 12 July 2018 The researchers behind the current study, working on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, analyzed sediments of deep ocean mud, which contain the shells of long-dead marine organisms called foraminifera. Christopher Mooney, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 Those sensors have helped insurers analyze more than 100,000 claims leading to more than $62 million in savings, the company said. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Company tracking weather at ground level is named one of the most innovative agtech startups," 12 July 2018 Mark Gold, a board member from Los Angeles, criticized his colleagues for voting on WaterFix without first analyzing the impact of the state water board's plan. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Southern California water agency agrees to spend $11 billion on Delta tunnels - again," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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