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 China has further made plans to instate a security bureau in Hong Kong that would analyze security situations in the region and safeguard China’s national security interests. Fox News, "Pompeo: US imposes restrictions on Chinese Communist Party leaders undermining Hong Kong autonomy," 26 June 2020 Many of these job licensing laws have been on the books for decades, yet states typically do not analyze their impact. NBC News, "Want to wax eyebrows in Pennsylvania? You have to be a good person. This 'oppressive' law says so.," 22 June 2020 Four officers on the team are trained to analyze bullet shell casings recovered from scenes, entering their images into a national database. oregonlive, "Portland’s gun violence enforcement officers expected to return to patrol, divided among precincts," 17 June 2020 The president’s response was to demand CNN retract the poll and to call up John McLaughlin, his favorite pollster, to analyze the bias against him. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump goes with his gut as allies warn campaign is tanking," 13 June 2020 From there, the D.C.-based non-profit will review and analyze the data, begin a national search and create a list of qualified candidates. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announces community survey for new city police chief," 10 June 2020 The first step is to gather and analyze reliable and consistent data on who gets sepsis, what treatments work, and how best to support survivors and their families. Steven Q. Simpson, STAT, "A national registry could help defeat sepsis, a big contributor to Covid-19 deaths," 9 June 2020 Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday that D.C. may move to the second phase of reopening no earlier than Friday as officials analyze progress in the first phase, WUSA-TV reports. USA TODAY, "Luchador face masks, Kid Rock citation, virtual memorial: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 The goal is to one day be able to better analyze important trace components either in the environment or the body. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Covid-19 is destabilizing an entire generation of young scientists," 15 June 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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1 Jul 2020

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“Analyze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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