What does analyze mean?

Definitions for analyze
ˈæn lˌaɪzan·a·lyze

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvasverb

    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

    "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"

  2. analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apartverb

    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features

    "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"

  3. analyze, analyseverb

    break down into components or essential features

    "analyze today's financial market"

  4. analyze, analyse, psychoanalyze, psychoanalyseverb

    subject to psychoanalytic treatment

    "I was analyzed in Vienna by a famous psychiatrist"


  1. analyzeverb

    To subject to analysis.

  2. analyzeverb

    To resolve (anything complex) into its elements.

  3. analyzeverb

    To separate into the constituent parts, for the purpose of an examination of each separately.

  4. analyzeverb

    To examine in such a manner as to ascertain the elements or nature of the thing examined; as, to analyze a fossil substance, to analyze a sentence or a word, or to analyze an action to ascertain its morality.

  5. Etymology: Back formation from analysis, from analyser, from analyse, from Medieval Latin analysis, from ἀνάλυσις, from ἀναλύω, from ἀνά + λύσις, from λύω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ANALYZEverb

    To resolve a compound into its first principles. See Analysis.

    Etymology: ἀναλὺω.

    Chymistry enabling us to depurate bodies, and, in some measure, to analyze them, and take asunder their heterogeneous parts, in many chymical experiments, we may, better than in others, know what manner of bodies we employ; art having made them more simple or uncompounded, than nature alone is wont to present them us. Boyle.

    To analyze the immorality of any action into its last principles; if it be inquired, why such an action is to be avoided, the immediate answer is, because it is sin. John Norris, Miscell.

    When the sentence is distinguished into subject and predicate, proposition, argument, act, object, cause, effect, adjunct, opposite, &c. then it is analyzed analogically and metaphysically. This last is what is chiefly meant in the theological schools, when they speak of analyzing a text of scripture. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. analyze

    To analyze means to examine something in a detailed and systematic manner in order to understand its nature, function, or characteristics. This often involves breaking down complex information into simpler parts for better understanding or for drawing conclusions. Analyzing may also include the process of interpreting, evaluating, or making inferences from the data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Analyzeverb

    to subject to analysis; to resolve (anything complex) into its elements; to separate into the constituent parts, for the purpose of an examination of each separately; to examine in such a manner as to ascertain the elements or nature of the thing examined; as, to analyze a fossil substance; to analyze a sentence or a word; to analyze an action to ascertain its morality

Editors Contribution

  1. analyze

    To review in detail.

    They chose to analyze the business plan in detail.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of analyze in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of analyze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of analyze in a Sentence

  1. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce:

    All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.

  2. Kevin Byrd:

    This new atlas provided us a way to analyze 50 oral cell types at once for the common front doors the virus uses to enter cells for infection.

  3. Goldsher Irace:

    The selfie indeed promotes or exacerbates body dysmorphia. It is a relatively brand new context in which one can both obsessively analyze themselves and be analyzed by others, what to these celebrities is simply ‘sharing’ or more accurately marketing themselves can become a dangerous image to put out. These selfie images could then contribute to one’s depression, body disorder, anxiety and sense of social standing.

  4. Chuck Wexler:

    And I think what body-worn cameras have done is underscored just how perilous these kind of situations can be, the reality is, this is how policing is changing. Police chiefs will look at that tape, analyze it, and will look at their own policy and say this is so high risk that they will be reluctant to authorize anything that isn't the most narrow, compelling situation. It's so much, so much risk involved. It's just not worth it.

  5. Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales:

    Officially, we have not received any proposal from the United States about (becoming a) safe third country, if we receive it, we will look into it, analyze it and make decisions.

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