analyze

verb
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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More than 14 percent of American adults practice yoga, according to a new study released by the CDC that analyzed data from 2017. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 The iron oxides provide the color and the talc provides the texture, according to a 2017 Inverse article that analyzed the ingredients. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 As of October, Uber and Lyft combined owned nearly 98 percent of the U.S. consumer ride-sharing market, according to new data from Second Measure, a company that analyzes billions of anonymized credit and debit card purchases. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft has eaten into Uber’s U.S. market share, new data suggests," 12 Dec. 2018 Upgrading the state’s election machines should be considered a top priority for state officials, according to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, a state agency that analyzes whether new technology is needed. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Outdated voting machines spark election worries in Nebraska," 21 Nov. 2018 Intelligence is also shared by the neighboring FBI lab that analyzes improvised explosives devices known as TEDAC -- the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center. Cyd Upson, Fox News, "Inside the FBI's Hazardous Devices School, where demand for bomb techs has never been greater," 12 Sep. 2018 Delaware and Colorado are the toughest states on speeding and reckless driving, charging hefty fines and penalties, according to a new report from WalletHub that analyzed data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Fortune, "Speeding in These States Will Cost You a Fortune," 6 July 2018 As of Monday afternoon, the average gas price in Chicago was about $3.14 per gallon — 62.8 cents higher than last year’s average — according to Gas Buddy, a tech company that analyzes fuel prices. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Want to avoid road rage this Fourth of July week? Try to avoid Tuesday's afternoon rush hour," 2 July 2018 Healthcare Bluebook, a company that analyzes claims data for consumers and hospitals, pegs the fair range in Los Angeles between $204 and $252 per 45-minute session. Stephanie O'neill, Washington Post, "Father’s And Son’s Injuries Lead To The Mother Of All Therapy Bills," 29 June 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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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 \
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 \
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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