Synonyms Word Origin 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;
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-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.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Word Origin and History for misanalyze 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper