anat·​o·​mize | \ -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

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This is just one of many intergenerational failings that Kafka anatomizes. Jeremy Eichler,, "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,, "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 This timely history anatomizes two bitterly opposed women’s movements, tracing a connection between 1977 and 2016, when Donald Trump, looking to replace an avowedly feminist President, assiduously courted Schlafly. David Owen, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 23 Mar. 2017 This is big-picture theater, which takes a long view down the corridors of power to anatomize the psyches of the men and women who determine the fate of nations. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "with the headline: Shakespeare’s Take on the Game of Thrones.," 4 Nov. 2016 The above might be a rich scene for a political novelist to anatomize and dramatize, no doubt, but there is a problem. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Literary Work During Planetary Doom," 28 July 2008

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First Known Use of anatomize

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transitive verb
variants: or British anatomise \ -​ˌmīz How to pronounce anatomise (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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