transitive verb (-lyzed; -lyzing) Etymology: probably irregular from analysis Date: 1587 1. to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis <
analyze a traffic pattern
2. to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis 3. psychoanalyzeanalyzability nounanalyzable adjectiveanalyzer noun Synonyms: analyze, dissect, break down mean to divide a complex whole into its parts or elements. analyze suggests separating or distinguishing the component parts of something (as a substance, a process, a situation) so as to discover its true nature or inner relationships <
analyzed the problem of the trade deficit
. dissect suggests a searching analysis by laying bare parts or pieces for individual scrutiny <
commentators dissected every word of the President's statement
. break down implies a reducing to simpler parts or divisions <
break down the budget

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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