to cut apart (an animal or plant) to show or examine the position, structure, and relation of the parts; display the anatomy of; dissect.
to examine in great detail; analyze minutely: The couple anatomized their new neighbor.
- Also especially British, a·nat·o·mise .
- a·nat·o·miz·a·ble, adjective
- a·nat·o·mi·za·tion, noun
- a·nat·o·miz·er, noun
- un·a·nat·o·miz·a·ble, adjective
- un·a·nat·o·mized, adjective
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How to use anatomize in a sentence
Her strangest mood of the tender cruelty was when the passion to anatomize him beset her.The Tragic Comedians, Complete | George Meredith
Old Burton will rise from his grave, if there be any virtue in Pythagoreanism, to anatomize these poems.
To probe the stars was to him a simpler process than to anatomize the globe upon which he stood.
I offer not to counsel them who meet in consultation for my body now, but I open my infirmities, I anatomize my body to them.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions | John Donne
Who shall anatomize motives, or who shall be skilful enough to trace the springs of one human emotion?The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II) | Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for anatomize
to dissect (an animal or plant)
to examine in minute detail
- anatomization or anatomisation, noun
- anatomizer or anatomiser, noun
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