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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But after months of analyzing the data, Seales was disheartened to find that the ink inside the scrolls, despite the traces of lead, was invisible. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 On the other hand, Uber could face some backlash from privacy advocates and others who might not like the idea of the company analyzing their behavior and using artificial intelligence to guess at their state. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Uber Is Trying to Find Out When You've Had One Too Many," 11 June 2018 The Function of Palmistry Simply put, palmistry is the art of analyzing the physical features of the hands to interpret personality characteristics and predict future happenings. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 Trump is incorrigibly authoritarian, and the conservative habit of analyzing this conflict as if Trump is not bent on corrupting law enforcement into an authoritarian tool is a way of avoiding the central issue. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Obstructing Justice," 31 May 2018 And after fans braced for a breathless month of analyzing his battle with incumbent Jalen Hurts for starting duties, Tagovailoa injured his hand and missed most of spring ball, ensuring that Saban’s final decision would not come until the summer. Eric Single,, "Alabama Still Reigns Over the SEC, but New Coaches, QB Battles Bring Plenty of Intrigue," 11 May 2018 Their sense of smell is unique in that it's been honed through centuries of analyzing scent through the mouth. Alix Tunell,, "J-Beauty Isn't For Millennials — & That's Exactly Why They Want It," 3 May 2018 After activating a mouse’s reward system, the researchers analyzed immune cells in its spleen. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 In a study published recently in the journal Health Psychology, researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 people, ages 52 to 94. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, ajc, "Even casual ties to others can better your health," 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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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


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


transitive verb
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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