psy·​cho·​an·​a·​lyze | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈa-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce psychoanalyze (audio) \
psychoanalyzed; psychoanalyzing; psychoanalyzes

Definition of psychoanalyze

transitive verb

: to treat by means of psychoanalysis

Examples of psychoanalyze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If Sigmund Freud were to psychoanalyze the Jazz, the good doctor would pronounce them mentally and emotionally whole. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz currently are the world’s best basketball team. Here’s why they might get better.," 30 Jan. 2021 Writers gathered in a room to psychoanalyze the storyline of each episode before one of them would lay down words in a script. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "For Dallas’ Amy Talkington, streaming offers an escape — and the chance to spread ‘Little Fires Everywhere’," 1 Apr. 2020 There is often little use in psychoanalyzing Donald Trump: His behavior is so erratic, his thinking so shallow that any definitive assertion about his character or temperament is disproven within minutes. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump Previews His Response to the Next Recession," 27 Aug. 2019 All the people psychoanalyzing Grande's ring or her recent trips to Disneyland and furniture stores can calm down. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Pete Davidson Just Confirmed His Engagement to Ariana Grande," 21 June 2018 More critically, the claim that our current crisis has economic roots does not rest on psychoanalyzing the Trumpen proletariat. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 The film privileges Shaun as a supermom who's always one barefoot step ahead of the opportunistic crew, led by Eddie (Billy Burke), who spends more time psychoanalyzing her than actually getting anything done. Katie Walsh,, "The Gabrielle Union home-invasion thriller 'Breaking In' could use some breathing room," 10 May 2018 Most biographers would be tempted to use these incidents to psychoanalyze Paul Simon, probing for inner traumas and deep-seated neuroses. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Paul Simon: The Life’ Review: The Fighter Still Remains," 3 May 2018 Shaun is a supermom who’s always one barefoot step ahead of the opportunistic crew, led by Eddie (Billy Burke), who spends more time psychoanalyzing her than actually getting anything done. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "In ‘Breaking In,’ Gabrielle Union is one fierce mama | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of psychoanalyze

: to treat the mental and emotional problems of (a patient) by having the patient talk about dreams, feelings, memories, etc. : to treat (someone) by means of psychoanalysis


transitive verb
variants: or British psychoanalyse \ -​ˈan-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce psychoanalyze (audio) \
psychoanalyzed or British psychoanalysed; psychoanalyzing or British psychoanalysing

Medical Definition of psychoanalyze

: to treat by means of psychoanalysis

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