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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Market watchers are still analyzing what the London series portends for the global art market, but here are five immediate takeaways: ... Kelly Crow, WSJ, "The Winners and Losers of London’s Winter Art Auctions," 15 Feb. 2020 The report also analyzed the top 25 U.S. cities where homeowners haven't moved in decades and are the most-tenured. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland, League City make new ranking of U.S. cities with the most 'new' homeowners," 14 Feb. 2020 The Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review, which will start meeting in a few weeks, will analyze post-conviction review processes in Ohio and other states, as well as innocence commissions set up by some states outside Ohio. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Fifth suspected coronavirus case in Ohio tests negative: The Wake Up for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020," 14 Feb. 2020 In a beautiful essay published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Greta LaFleur, a professor of American studies at Yale, analyzed a photograph of Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, that appeared on the cover of Time magazine in May of last year. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Queer Opposition to Pete Buttigieg, Explained," 12 Feb. 2020 The 300-page plan analyzes species of greatest need and assesses habitats in the state, acting as a guide for recovering or managing at-risk species. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "First woman to lead Indiana's wildlife division: 'It's not just those who hunt and fish'," 10 Feb. 2020 Below, a body language expert analyzes what their relationships is like now. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Body Language Expert Analyzes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Relationship," 10 Feb. 2020 In a second report published in 2017, the authors analyzed Access-A-Ride ride data, finding that in 2015, trips that started or ended near non-accessible subway stations cost a total of $258 million. Claire Perlman, ProPublica, "Paratransit Services in New York City Are Severely Limited and Unpredictable. They Still Cost $614 Million a Year.," 6 Feb. 2020 Real storage engineers—at least, the ones who are doing their jobs right—will first analyze the actual storage access patterns of a server or service, then write fio scripts to model those exact patterns. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How fast are your disks? Find out the open source way, with fio," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Analyze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 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
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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