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parse

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verb \ˈpärs, chiefly British ˈpärz\

Definition of parse

parsed

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parsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each otherb :  to describe (a word) grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection (see inflection 3a) and syntactical relationships

  3. 2 :  to examine in a minute way :  analyze critically having trouble parsing … explanations for dwindling market shares — R. S. Anson

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give a grammatical description of a word or a group of words

  6. 2 :  to admit of being parsed

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Examples of parse in a Sentence

  1. Students were asked to parse the sentence.

  2. Economists parsed the census data.

Did You Know?

If "parse" brings up images of elementary school and learning the parts of speech, you've done your homework regarding this word. "Parse" comes from the first element of the Latin term for "part of speech" - "pars orationis." It's an old word that has been used in the schoolroom since the 16th century, but it did not graduate to its extended, non-grammar-related sense until the late 18th century. Remember this extended sense, and you're really at the head of the class.

Origin and Etymology of parse

Latin pars orationis part of speech


First Known Use: circa 1568

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parse

noun

Definition of parse

  1. :  a product or an instance of parsing

Origin and Etymology of parse

see 1parse


First Known Use: 1963

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PARSE Defined for English Language Learners

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parse

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verb \ˈpärs, chiefly British ˈpärz\

Definition of parse for English Language Learners

  • grammar : to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each other

  • : to study (something) by looking at its parts closely



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