parse

verb
\ ˈpärs How to pronounce parse (audio) , chiefly British ˈpärz\
parsed; parsing

Definition of parse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each other
b : to describe (a word) grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection (see inflection sense 3a) and syntactical relationships
2 : to examine in a minute way : analyze critically having trouble parsing … explanations for dwindling market shares— R. S. Anson

intransitive verb

1 : to give a grammatical description of a word or a group of words
2 : to admit of being parsed

parse

noun

Definition of parse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a product or an instance of parsing

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Verb

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.

Examples of parse in a Sentence

Verb

Students were asked to parse the sentence. Economists parsed the census data.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The stock market has been volatile this month as investors try to parse conflicting signals on the U.S. economy and determine whether a recession is on the way. Alex Veiga, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. stocks climb after major retailers post solid earnings," 21 Aug. 2019 Stocks are coming off their third weekly loss in a row as investors try to parse conflicting signals on the U.S. economy and determine whether a recession is on the horizon. Alex Veiga, USA TODAY, "Tech stocks power solid gains on Wall Street: Dow, S&P 500 jump up," 19 Aug. 2019 Influenced by the world's very real cloud network of international data storage and computational power resources, Kloud is an artificial intelligence that parsed its conscious world view from the collected intelligence of mankind. Kat Bein, Billboard, "11 DJs Who Wear Masks and the Stories Behind Them," 29 July 2019 The tweets were both anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist, but in many other recent controversies, parsing those two ideologies can be divisive. NBC News, "Israeli-Palestinian conflict tears into LGBTQ community," 21 June 2019 Expressing disregard for the journalists who parse her every move (a hypothesis floated by Vanessa Friedman)? Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 Although Carlos is taken under the wing of a gay artist, Nico (Mauro Sánchez Navarro), who’s clearly attracted to him, the question of his own sexuality is trickier to parse, at least initially. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘This Is Not Berlin’ vividly conjures a bygone Mexican counterculture," 22 Aug. 2019 Depression subtypes can be parsed in many ways, and scientists don't agree on the best approach. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019 The main sample that's downloaded by the shellcode includes a Broadcom UPnP vulnerability probe and a proxy access network module so infected devices can parse instruction codes sent from command servers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But those take the form of long, difficult-to-parse tax documents, and crafty philanthropists can get around these requirements by starting up offshore foundations. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 An inversion of that history, in which Americans practice aikido or grow fluent in Japanese social customs in order to get by, is fascinating to watch the show parse. Karen Han, Vox, "The Man in the High Castle season 3 has too many characters, too little time," 6 Oct. 2018 That’s it—no qualifying miles or other nonsense to parse. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Frequent Flier and Airline Rewards Programs in the U.S.," 27 July 2018 But a closer parse suggests that there may be more focus on Kim's halting the existing nuclear program and getting rid of his Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program — which would be the delivery system for striking the United States. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Is Mike Pompeo backing off Trump’s demand that North Korea get rid of its nukes?," 14 May 2018 That is too many people for today’s facial recognition technology to parse, said the executive, who asked not to be identified because the information wasn’t public. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 So its mélange of hard-to-parse messages is harder to overlook than a couple of imprecise box puzzles. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Iconoclasts review: Explore, upgrade, skip the dialogue," 24 Jan. 2018 There was no letter for intelligence analysts to parse. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, "North Korea’s Kim and Trump meet: Andrea Mitchell weighs risks, rewards," 9 Mar. 2018 Four separate articles published in the journal Nature parse data from NASA’s Juno probe, giving scientists a peek into the planet’s mysterious interior, reports Jonathan Amos at the BBC. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Juno Data Gives Unprecedented Glimpse Beneath Jupiter’s Stormy Shell," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of parse

Verb

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parse

Verb and Noun

Latin pars orationis part of speech

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parse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parse

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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