to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning: Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president's speech on the economy in minute detail.
Computers. to analyze (a string of characters) in order to associate groups of characters with the syntactic units of the underlying grammar.
to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing: Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.
- pars·a·ble, adjective
- pars·er, noun
- mis·parse, verb (used with object), mis·parsed, mis·pars·ing.
- un·parsed, adjective
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How to use parse in a sentence
The contextual data beyond identifying spam and toxicity does not get read, Losowsky said, though publishers have access to the comment text if they choose to parse through it all themselves.With first-party data, Allrecipes is able to bake reader comments into advertisings tools | Kayleigh Barber | December 10, 2020 | Digiday
This sort of “embodied mutual prediction” is critical, says Hamilton, so it’s possible to gather complimentary neural electrical data and heart rate or other biomarkers to parse social interactions.How Does Social Interaction Change Our Brains? Hyperscans Can Show Us | Shelly Fan | December 8, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The company works with thousands of news organizations in more than 100 countries via News Consumer Insights, a digital product launched this summer to help newsrooms parse the mountains of they’re sitting on.Google’s Amy Adams Harding on why digital newsrooms should ‘act like an e-commerce player’ | Pierre Bienaimé | December 8, 2020 | Digiday
It is simply a video that shows people doing things that are hard to parse in the abstract.Giuliani boasts about finally providing evidence of fraud (which doesn’t appear to be evidence of fraud) | Philip Bump | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
It’s been nearly 11 months since the WHO announced there was a mysterious virus emerging in Wuhan, China, and though we understand far more about SARS-CoV-2 now, there’s still a lot left for us to parse.The US is in its third COVID-19 peak—and by far its largest | Sara Chodosh | December 1, 2020 | Popular-Science
British Dictionary definitions for parse
to assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence)
(intr) (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence
computing to analyse the source code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code
- parsable, adjective
- parsing, noun
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