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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To subject to analysis.
  • v. To resolve (anything complex) into its elements.
  • v. To separate into the constituent parts, for the purpose of an examination of each separately.
  • v. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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 v. make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features.
  • transitive v. subject to psychoanalytic treatment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

Perhaps from French analyser, from analyse, analysis, from Greek analusis; see analysis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Scientists must analyze problems throughly.

    April 7, 2007