- 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.
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Caddy Shack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Analyze This affirm it.How Harold Ramis Invented Baby Boom Comedy With ‘Animal House’
P. J. O’Rourke
February 27, 2014
Ramis made a lot of funny movies, including Animal House, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Analyze This.
At the Analyze This press junket, a writer told the director that his niche had become “goofy redemption comedy.”
Analyze what the movie is calling for—not requiring, calling for.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
Analyze the organization of a group from the standpoint of the four wishes.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
Analyze everything and everybody with which or whom you come in contact.Thought-Culture
William Walker Atkinson
Analyze the peculiar contribution of Sorolla to modern painting.Woman's Club Work and Programs
Caroline French Benton
Analyze your business with reference to its mental attitude.Applied Psychology: Driving Power of Thought
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.