Synonyms & Antonyms of dissect

to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of (something) especially for discovering interrelationships
  • let's dissect the plot of this thriller to see what makes it thrilling

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How is the word dissect distinct from other similar verbs?

The words analyze and break down are common synonyms of dissect. While all three words mean "to divide a complex whole into its parts or elements," dissect suggests a searching analysis by laying bare parts or pieces for individual scrutiny.

commentators dissected every word of the speech

When might analyze be a better fit than dissect?

The words analyze and dissect are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When can break down be used instead of dissect?

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

break down the budget

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The first known use of dissect was in 1598

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“Dissect.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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