[ pahrs, pahrz ]
/ pɑrs, pɑrz /
verb (used with object), parsed, pars·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), parsed, pars·ing.
to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing: Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.
Origin of parse
1545–55; < Latin pars part, as in pars ōrātiōnis part of speech
Related formspars·a·ble, adjectivepars·er, nounmis·parse, verb (used with object), mis·parsed, mis·pars·ing.un·parsed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parse
/ (pɑːz) /
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
Derived Formsparsable, adjectiveparsing, noun
Word Origin for parse
C16: from Latin pars (orātionis) part (of speech)
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