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analyse

[an-l-ahyz] /ˈæn lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), analysed, analysing. Chiefly British
1.

analyze

or (especially British) analyse

[an-l-ahyz] /ˈæn lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), analyzed, analyzing.
1.
to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of (opposed to synthesize):
to analyze an argument.
2.
to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of:
to analyze a poem.
3.
to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc.
4.
to subject to mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc., analysis.
5.
to psychoanalyze:
a patient who has been analyzed by two therapists.
Origin of analyze
1595-1605
1595-1605; back formation from analysis (or from its Latin or Gk sources), with -ys- taken as -ize
Related forms
analyzable, adjective
analyzability, noun
analyzation, noun
misanalyze, verb (used with object), misanalyzed, misanalyzing.
nonanalyzable, adjective
nonanalyzed, adjective
overanalyze, verb, overanalyzed, overanalyzing.
reanalyzable, adjective
reanalyze, verb (used with object), reanalyzed, reanalyzing.
unanalyzable, adjective
unanalyzably, adverb
unanalyzed, adjective
unanalyzing, adjective
well-analyzed, adjective
Synonyms
1. break down. 2. explicate.
Antonyms
1. synthesize.
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  • analysing the purpose of God in the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, we see its application to ourselves in several ways.

British Dictionary definitions for analysing

analyse

/ˈænəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to examine in detail in order to discover meaning, essential features, etc
2.
to break down into components or essential features: to analyse a financial structure
3.
to make a mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc, analysis of
4.
another word for psychoanalyse
Derived Forms
analysable, (US) analyzable, adjective
analysation, (US) analyzation, noun
analyser, (US) analyzer, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from analysis
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Word Origin and History for analysing

analyse

v.

chiefly British English spelling of analyze (q.v.).

Analyse is better than analyze, but merely as being the one of the two equally indefensible forms that has won. The correct but now impossible form would be analysize (or analysise), with analysist for existing analyst. [Fowler]

analyze

v.

c.1600, "to dissect," from French analyser, from analyse (see analysis). Literature sense is attested from 1610s; meaning in chemistry dates from 1660s. General sense of "to examine closely" dates from 1809; psychological sense is from 1909. Related: Analyzed; analyzing.

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