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

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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 \ ˈa-​nə-​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.
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College—presumably where Adam picked up his taste for cultural theory and his ability to analyze an old photograph—is absent except as the site of lovesick breakdown, social faux pas, and a manic phone call home. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 The resulting data is used to analyze driver and truck performance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s hub of truck tech startups gets fresh cash — $90M for SmartDrive," 12 Sep. 2019 The connectivity Airbus envisions for its cabins will provide an enormous trove of information airlines can use to analyze and optimize in their never-ending quest for cost efficiencies. Justin Bachman Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "The next generation of aircraft will track your bathroom visits," 12 Sep. 2019 The connectivity Airbus envisions for its cabins will provide an enormous trove of information airlines can use to analyze and optimize in their never-ending quest for cost efficiencies. Justin Bachman / Bloomberg, Time, "The Next Generation of Airbus Aircraft Will Track Your Bathroom Visits," 12 Sep. 2019 The team of scientists used X-ray and Raman spectroscopy to analyze a portion of the Temple Scroll. Fox News, "Longest Dead Sea Scroll has a salt finish that others lack," 7 Sep. 2019 All that automation yields data that can be used to analyze workers’ performance. Jeffrey Hirsch, The Conversation, "Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future," 28 Aug. 2019 The Lanserhof group has just opened arguably the most advanced gym in London, the Lanserhof at the Arts Club, where MRI scans to analyze functionality are standard issue. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 Her team used data from cell phone and internet-connected cars and trucks to analyze common traffic patterns in U.S. cities with populations under 40,000. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida has the most small cities with hurricane evacuation problems, analysis finds," 23 Aug. 2019

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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 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

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