anatomize

verb
anat·​o·​mize | \ ə-ˈna-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce anatomize (audio) \
anatomized; anatomizing

Definition of anatomize

transitive verb

1 : to cut in pieces in order to display or examine the structure and use of the parts : dissect
2 : analyze

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Examples of anatomize in a Sentence

if you anatomize the problem, you'll see it stems from a combination of her bad behavior and your unwillingness to speak to her about it
Recent Examples on the Web And some of it was a compulsive need to re-define and re-anatomize what Carmichael and Hamilton had already defined and anatomized so well. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "The UK is free of institutional racism, a government race report claims. It’s wrong.," 1 Apr. 2021 Kundera, meanwhile, made his career on novels that anatomized kitsch and subsequently became kitsch, thanks to a generation of earnest high schoolers. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Who Will Win the 2019 (or the 2018!) Nobel Prize in Literature?," 9 Oct. 2019 This is just one of many intergenerational failings that Kafka anatomizes. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Kafka encaged, writing to his father," 18 June 2018 Maybe gay shame is itself being appropriated, or merging with the common human shame that writers have been anatomizing since Adam and Eve. Jesse Green, New York Times, "A Brief History of Gay Theater, in Three Acts," 26 Feb. 2018 This is just one of many intergenerational failings that Kafka anatomizes. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Kafka encaged, writing to his father," 18 June 2018 Maybe gay shame is itself being appropriated, or merging with the common human shame that writers have been anatomizing since Adam and Eve. Jesse Green, New York Times, "A Brief History of Gay Theater, in Three Acts," 26 Feb. 2018 In part, Zettelmaier’s story anatomizes the jealousy that arises when an artist like Virginie has to step aside (or stay in the shadows) while someone else grabs the glory. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Fine time for a werewolf story in 'The Man-Beast' at First Folio," 10 Oct. 2017 Jeremy Stahl anatomizes a shameless act of exploitation. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, "The Angle: Saddest Story Edition," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of anatomize

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anatomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatomize. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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anatomize

transitive verb
anat·​o·​mize
variants: or British anatomise \ -​ˌmīz How to pronounce anatomize (audio) \
anatomized or British anatomised; anatomizing or British anatomising

Medical Definition of anatomize

: to cut in pieces in order to display or examine the structure and use of the parts : dissect

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