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or (especially British) analyse

[an-l-ahyz] /ˈæn lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), analyzed, analyzing.
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.
to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of:
to analyze a poem.
to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc.
to subject to mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc., analysis.
to psychoanalyze:
a patient who has been analyzed by two therapists.
Origin of analyze
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
1. break down. 2. explicate.
1. synthesize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • analyze myself, reproach myself, doubt my own sanity how I may, one thing is clear.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • analyze everything and everybody with which or whom you come in contact.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • analyze and know just what you suggest about yourself in print.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • analyze the peculiar contribution of Sorolla to modern painting.

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  • analyze the first and second Massachusetts charters in Macdonald, pp. 22-84.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • analyze the reading as to the use of pause and change of pitch.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
Word Origin and History for analyze

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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