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[pahrs, pahrz] /pɑrs, pɑrz/
verb (used with object), parsed, parsing.
to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning:
Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president's speech on the economy in minute detail.
Computers. to analyze (a string of characters) in order to associate groups of characters with the syntactic units of the underlying grammar.
verb (used without object), parsed, parsing.
to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing:
Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.
Origin of parse
1545-55; < Latin pars part, as in pars ōrātiōnis part of speech
Related forms
parsable, adjective
parser, noun
misparse, verb (used with object), misparsed, misparsing.
unparsed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parsed
  • Check this to prevent certain character combinations in your post from being parsed and rendered as smileys.
  • Every outcrop and plain was parsed by unseen tangents, lines, ghostly demarcations.
  • Never offer up anything that can be parsed out or dissected to create something that was totally different from the full message.
  • Some hobbyist linguists have even parsed the multiple spellings into computer code and a handy chart.
  • As the nation reacts to this shooting, it will be parsed and explained.
  • People don't naturally speak in parsed and polished sentences, even eloquent people.
  • But at this point the candidates can't order a milkshake without that action being parsed for deeper meaning.
  • Once you've parsed the whole thing, you realise it's nothing surprising.
  • Right now, the cost-effectiveness of a handful of interventions has been parsed for different subpopulations of patients.
  • So this author parsed out the data one way, and you can choose to parse it another way.
British Dictionary definitions for parsed


verb (grammar)
to assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence)
(intransitive) (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence
(computing) to analyse the source code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code
Derived Forms
parsable, adjective
parsing, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pars (orātionis) part (of speech)
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Word Origin and History for parsed



1550s, "to state the parts of speech in a sentence," verb use of Middle English pars (n.) "part of speech" (c.1300), from Old French pars, plural of part "part," from Latin pars (see part (n.)) in school question, Quae pars orationis? "What part of speech?" Transferred (non-grammatical) use is from 1788. Pars was a common plural of part (n.) in early Middle English. Related: Parsed; parsing.

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