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 My work in the League taught me to think critically, to analyze all sides of an issue, and to represent the full range of any topic., "Winifred Moore," 7 Nov. 2019 But, when Kellett first conceived Mr. Trash Wheel, in 2007, researchers were only just beginning their efforts to analyze and quantify the problem. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Mr. Trash Wheel," 6 Nov. 2019 Once the process is complete, the image is separated from all your information, so that your poop is totally anonymous by the time a team of seven doctors sit down to analyze and classify it per the Bristol Stool Chart. Leah Groth,, "Researchers Are Asking for Pics of Your Poop—All in the Name of Science," 4 Nov. 2019 The noise cancellation feature is made possible through two microphones and advanced software which continually work together to analyze the surrounding noise and deliver an equivalent anti-noise at a rate of 200 times per second. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Apple’s new AirPods Pro won’t fall out of your ears as easily," 28 Oct. 2019 Researchers analyzed 20,000 fecal samples and hundreds of blood samples, publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal Tuesday. Jack Guy, CNN, "Washing your hands is the best way to stop the E. coli superbug," 23 Oct. 2019 Police found multiple 9 mm bullet casings at each of the shootings, which were later analyzed and found to have been fired from the same pistol, court documents say. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "2 men arrested as police link separate Tempe shootings occurring on same night," 18 Oct. 2019 Bower said groups like HGAC, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency will provide data for the committee to analyze and discuss. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Community-led committee to work on fixing Cypress Creek water quality," 27 Sep. 2019 Rather, Sheth said the intelligence will be tweaked, improved, and analyzed behind the scenes and pushed to phones via background updates separate from OnePlus app and system updates. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "How OnePlus phones will smartly sort your texts using on-device AI," 27 Sep. 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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of analyze was in 1587

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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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