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 In our era of therapy speak, the impulse to psychoanalyze Jackson here is boundless, as is the desire to codify her perspective in the language of trauma. Kovie Biakolo, ELLE, 24 Feb. 2022 The group was unaware of the standings leading up to the event, as the four of them just wanted to get across the line and score rather than psychoanalyze the results., 26 June 2021 Having the ability to psychoanalyze and relate to others while experiencing some of your first traumatic moments is no easy task. Zane Pickett, Forbes, 13 May 2021 If Sigmund Freud were to psychoanalyze the Jazz, the good doctor would pronounce them mentally and emotionally whole. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of psychoanalyze

1911, in the meaning defined above

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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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