[ uh-nal-uh-jahyz ]
/ əˈnæl əˌdʒaɪz /

verb (used without object), a·nal·o·gized, a·nal·o·giz·ing.

to make use of analogy in reasoning, argument, etc.
to be analogous; show analogy.

verb (used with object), a·nal·o·gized, a·nal·o·giz·ing.

to make analogous; show an analogy between: to analogize a dog to a cat.
Also especially British, a·nal·o·gise.

Origin of analogize

First recorded in 1645–55; analog(y) + -ize
Related formsun·a·nal·o·gized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for analogise



/ (əˈnæləˌdʒaɪz) /


(intr) to make use of analogy, as in argument; draw comparisons
(tr) to make analogous or reveal analogy in
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Word Origin and History for analogise



"explain by analogy," 1650s, from French analogiser (17c.) or directly from Greek analogizesthai "to reckon, sum up," from analogia (see analogy). Related: Analogized; analogizing.

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