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

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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 Trips to grocery stores and pharmacies in Los Angeles County have risen slightly since April, according to data analyzed by Google. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. traffic is starting to pick up again, and travel speeds are slowing down," 8 May 2020 In all, 27 workers and five customers were injured during violent robberies at Dollar General stores across the country from January 2019 to January 2020, according to 318 news reports analyzed by NBC News. NBC News, "Dollar General is thriving. But workers say they pay the price.," 7 May 2020 The data center would ensure that all key metrics and trends are collected and analyzed by a single source but be applied on a regional basis. Dan Cunningham, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin needs a statewide, data-driven approach to fight the coronavirus pandemic," 7 May 2020 In San Antonio, at least 130,200 of the city’s 257,300 rental units are on properties covered by the law, according to data analyzed by the San Antonio Apartment Association. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "More than half of S.A. families could be protected from eviction through end of August," 4 May 2020 More than 10,300 elderly people in 23 states have died in long-term care centers, according to the most recent available government data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a national health policy think tank. ProPublica, "Texas Still Won’t Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.," 3 May 2020 Coronavirus testing has reached record levels in Oregon with nearly 12,000 residents receiving results in the past week, according to state data analyzed by The Oregonian/OregonLive. oregonlive, "Coronavirus testing rises sharply in Oregon as capacity expands, guidance loosened," 30 Apr. 2020 Gore said there’s about a two-month delay in getting particulate matter samples analyzed by an outside lab, so the results from after the lockdown aren’t in yet. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Air quality improves as fewer Alabamians drive during shutdowns," 26 Apr. 2020 The data for this study was collected by the survey company Nielsen and analyzed by economists at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "New research suggests the US unemployment rate is about to become useless," 15 Apr. 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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26 May 2020

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“Analyze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analyze. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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analyze

verb
How to pronounce analyze (audio)

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
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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