Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.
  • transitive verb Chemistry To make a chemical analysis of.
  • transitive verb Mathematics To make a mathematical analysis of.
  • transitive verb To psychoanalyze.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To take to pieces; resolve into elements; separate, as a compound into its parts; ascertain the constituents or causes of; ascertain the characters or structure of, as a plant: as, to analyze a mineral, a sentence, or an argument; to analyze light by separating it into its prismatic constituents.
  • Hence To examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of: as, to analyze a poem.
  • In mathematics, to submit (a problem) to treatment by algebra, and especially by the calculus.

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

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

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 analyze a fossil substance, to analyze a sentence or a word, or to analyze an action to ascertain its morality.

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

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from French analyser, from analyse, analysis, from Greek analusis; see analysis.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

  • One could analyze from a biochemical perspective and focus on interactions on a molecular level.

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  • Never in the history of this country we have a intelligent President, Smart and Honest, STOP GOP just making noise because if we analyze from the last past 60 years, YOU REPUBLICANS have been making big mass and infecting un-educated citizens all over, with this technique of fear and intimidation.

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  • Nguyen said one of the key elements the panel has been trying to analyze is the safety culture at the companies involved in the April 20 disaster.

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  • And if that's the mistake, then you analyze from the mistake to who's at fault.

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  • And if that's the mistake, then you analyze from the mistake to who's at fault.

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  • Steinberg, now Red Sox executive vice president, says, "I don't know how he applies the mental power he has, but his intellect, his ability to analyze, is extraordinary."

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  • If you analyze during the game, you could agree with the referee; if you analyze from the TV, you could not agree with the referee.

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  • Now, this tendency to analyze is obviously more dangerous for children than for adults, because, from lack of experience and knowledge of psychology, the child's analysis is incomplete.

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  • According to an outline released by the Education Ministry, Social Justice 12 is not a course on homosexuality, but one meant to “raise students’ awareness of social injustice, to enable them to analyze from a social justice perspective, and to provide them with knowledge, skills and an ethical framework to advocate for a socially just world.”

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  • According to an outline released by the Education Ministry, Social Justice 12 is not a course on homosexuality, but one meant to “raise students’ awareness of social injustice, to enable them to analyze from a social justice perspective, and to provide them with knowledge, skills and an ethical framework to advocate for a socially just world.”

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  • Scientists must analyze problems throughly.

    April 7, 2007