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

Other Words from analyze

analyzability \ ˌa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce analyze (audio) \ noun
analyzable \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce analyze (audio) \ adjective
analyzer \ ˈa-​nə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce analyze (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 Syndio’s software and analytics help companies analyze pay equity in the organization (getting equal pay for equal work) and also assess opportunity equity. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 7 May 2022 These seven books analyze what really happens between therapist and patient. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Each week, The Baltimore Sun will analyze the top five performers in the Orioles’ prospect ranks before delivering some superlatives for those who deserve honorable mentions. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 26 Apr. 2022 However, veterinarians did not analyze the presence of other toxins or underlying medical conditions that could have contributed to the fatalities. Vanessa Etienne,, 21 Apr. 2022 The company expects to manufacture about 100 instruments a week, which clients can lease, over the coming months, and analyze about 20 tests an hour, with each test costing about the same as rapid antigen tests. Alice Park, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 Once its over, FARE will analyze the program’s success and provide recommendations for similar initiatives in the future, according to a city news release. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 The researchers used modeling to analyze the changes in U.S. life expectancy, relying heavily on official data for 2018-2020 and provisional data for 2021 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Joel Achenbach And Dan Keating, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 Prateek Srivastava and Piyush Harsh cofounded Terraview as an operating system designed to help wine producers analyze data and make more educated decisions around climate change challenges in the vineyard and the winery. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of analyze

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analyze

probably by back-formation from analysis, with -is taken as a suffix, and -ys- identified with the verb-forming suffix -ize, spelled -yze/-ize/-yse/-ise in the 17th century

Note: Alternatively, the verb could arise by haplology from*analysise. Note that analysis comes into vernacular use only a couple decades before the verb. Compare analyst.

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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


transitive verb
variants: or British analyse \ ˈan-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce analyze (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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