from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Analysis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Same as analyze, analyzer, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
  • verb break down into components or essential features
  • verb subject to psychoanalytic treatment
  • verb consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning


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Back formation from analysis, influenced by French analyser.


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  • A name, therefore, whether concrete or abstract, admits of definition, provided we are able to analyse, that is, to distinguish into parts, the attribute or set of attributes which constitute the meaning both of the concrete name and of the corresponding abstract: if a set of attributes, by enumerating them; if a single attribute, by dissecting the fact or phenomenon (whether of perception or of internal consciousness) which is the foundation of the attribute.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) John Stuart Mill 1839

  • You know all about this betrayal but prefer not to 'analyse' it.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister? 2010

  • My problem is that, while I always check things in one of these above manners, I often work too fast and forget to "analyse" things.

    Getting a Fresh Eye James Gurney 2008

  • Some felt it important to maintain a spelling link between related words, such as analyse and analyst.

    On -ise vs -ize DC 2007

  • Some felt it important to maintain a spelling link between related words, such as analyse and analyst.

    Archive 2007-03-01 DC 2007

  • [4] The Vulgate renders here, _cupio dissolvi_, as if _analysai_ meant, so to speak, to "analyse" myself into my elements, to separate my soul from my body.

    Philippian Studies Lessons in Faith and Love from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians 1880

  • The recently launched I Write Like has one simple gimmick: You paste a few paragraphs that exemplify your writing, then click "analyse" and _ poof!

    IOL Technology 2010

  • If rooks like eels on fire or octopus gotch many tentacles dench ish probe every holes thats why the word 'analyse' cum from ma. maybe chiu kena before, but they erase that part of ur memory .... nid to go for hypnosis to dig deeper into ur mind to find out .... frodonet 2010

  • Are you're citing 'independent research' by two members of the Socialist Workers Party? i.e. they decide what it is biased to mention and then 'analyse' news in 'Indymedia stylee' to find precisely what they were looking for.

    The Guardian World News Pablo Navarrete 2010

  • The ANC, through its spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi, said on Sunday it would "analyse" the advert before commenting.

    Tonight 2010


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