- The definition of analyze means to separate a thing or idea into its parts in order to figure out all the nature and interrelationship of all the parts or to consider and evaluate a situation carefully.
To diagnose a medical condition is an example of analyze.
A doctor tries to analyze her patients condition.
transitive verbanalyzed, analyzing
- to separate (a thing, idea, etc.) into its parts so as to find out their nature, proportion, function, interrelationship, etc.
- to examine in detail so as to determine the nature or tendencies of
- to psychoanalyze
- Chem. to examine (compounds or mixtures) by analytical chemistry
- Gram. to resolve (a sentence) into its grammatical elements
Origin of analyzeFrench analyser ; from analyse, analysis
transitive verban·a·lyzed, an·a·lyz·ing, an·a·lyz·es
- To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.
- Chemistry To make a chemical analysis of.
- Mathematics To make a mathematical analysis of.
- To psychoanalyze.
Origin of analyzePerhaps from French analyser, from analyse, analysis, from Greek analusis; see analysis.
(third-person singular simple present analyzes, present participle analyzing, simple past and past participle analyzed)
- 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, or to analyze an action to ascertain its morality.
Back formation from analysis, from French analyser, from analyse, from Medieval Latin analysis, from Ancient Greek ἀνάλυσις (analusis, “a breaking up, a loosening, releasing”), from ἀναλύω (analuō, “to unloose, release, set free”), from ἀνά (ana, “on, up, above, throughout”) + λύσις (lusis, “a loosening”), from λύω (luō, “to unfasten”).