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analyze

[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.
Also, especially British, analyse.
Origin
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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  • This data is too massive to actually analyze effectively by sight.
  • The idea was to create a machine learning algorithm that could analyze and classify music.
British Dictionary definitions for analyze

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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