SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | verb (used with object), an·a·lysed, an·a·lys·ing. . Chiefly British verb (used with object), an·a·lyzed, an·a·lyz·ing. 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.
, especially British an·a·lyse. Origin of analyze 1595–1605;
back formation from
(or from its
or Gk sources), with
-ize Related forms an·a·lyz·a·ble, adjective an·a·lyz·a·bil·i·ty, noun an·a·ly·za·tion, noun mis·an·a·lyze, verb (used with object), mis·an·a·lyzed, mis·an·a·lyz·ing. non·an·a·lyz·a·ble, adjective non·an·a·lyzed, adjective o·ver·an·a·lyze, verb, o·ver·an·a·lyzed, o·ver·an·a·lyz·ing. re·an·a·lyz·a·ble, adjective re·an·a·lyze, verb (used with object), re·an·a·lyzed, re·an·a·lyz·ing. un·an·a·lyz·a·ble, adjective un·an·a·lyz·a·bly, adverb un·an·a·lyzed, adjective un·an·a·lyz·ing, adjective well-an·a·lyzed, adjective Synonyms for analyze 1
. break down.
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Examples from the Web for analysing Historical Examples of analysing British Dictionary definitions for analysing verb (tr) to examine in detail in order to discover meaning, essential features, etc to break down into components or essential features to analyse a financial structure to make a mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc, analysis of Derived Forms analysable or US analyzable, adjective analysation or US analyzation, noun analyser or US analyzer, noun Word Origin for analyse
C17: back formation from
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Word Origin and History for analysing v.
chiefly British English spelling of
analyze (q.v.). Analyse is better than analyze, but merely as being the one of the two equally indefensible forms that has won. The correct but now impossible form would be analysize (or analysise), with analysist for existing analyst. [Fowler] 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.
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