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

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, 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, 9 Oct. 2019 This is just one of many intergenerational failings that Kafka anatomizes. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 26 Feb. 2018 This is just one of many intergenerational failings that Kafka anatomizes. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 10 Oct. 2017 Jeremy Stahl anatomizes a shameless act of exploitation. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of anatomize

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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