Synonyms & Antonyms of analyze

to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of (something) especially for discovering interrelationships
  • analyze the park's ecosystem before deciding whether hunting should be allowed

Synonyms for analyze

Words Related to analyze

Near Antonyms for analyze

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About analyze

How is the word analyze distinct from other similar verbs?

The words break down and dissect are common synonyms of analyze. While all three words mean "to divide a complex whole into its parts or elements," analyze suggests separating or distinguishing the component parts of something (such as a substance, a process, a situation) so as to discover its true nature or inner relationships.

analyzed the collected data

In what contexts can break down take the place of analyze?

The meanings of break down and analyze largely overlap; however, break down implies a reducing to simpler parts or divisions.

break down the budget

When is it sensible to use dissect instead of analyze?

In some situations, the words dissect and analyze are roughly equivalent. However, dissect suggests a searching analysis by laying bare parts or pieces for individual scrutiny.

commentators dissected every word of the speech

Learn More About analyze

Time Traveler for analyze

Time Traveler

The first known use of analyze was in 1587

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near analyze




See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Analyze.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on analyze

Nglish: Translation of analyze for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of analyze for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!