analyse

To analyse (analyze is U.S. English) something is to consider it in detail so you can figure out its workings or meaning.

Analyse comes from Greek roots meaning "loosen." If you analyse something, it's as if you're untying it and letting the different parts separate so that you can study them. If you've got some mystery substance, you can analyse it by performing chemical reactions to break it into its parts. If you analyse a poem, you look at it word-by-word and even sound-by-sound. But remember that analyse is a British spelling, with analyze as the American version.

Primary Meanings of analyse

1.
v
break down into components or essential features
2.
v
subject to psychoanalytic treatment
Full Definitions of analyse
1

v break down into components or essential features

Synonyms:
analyze
Types:
factor analyse, factor analyze
to perform a factor analysis of correlational data

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

Synonyms:
analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
Types:
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anatomize
analyze down to the smallest detail
diagnose, name
determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
diagnose
subject to a medical analysis
appraise, survey
consider in a comprehensive way
survey
make a survey of; for statistical purposes
compare
examine and note the similarities or differences of
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
assay
analyze (chemical substances)
reexamine, review
look at again; examine again
audit, inspect, scrutinise, scrutinize
examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
screen
examine methodically
follow, trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
investigate, look into
investigate scientifically
sieve, sift
check and sort carefully
consider, look at, view
look at carefully; study mentally
explore
examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
explore
examine minutely
explore, research, search
inquire into
explore
travel to or penetrate into
analogise, analogize
make an analogy
collate
compare critically; of texts
bioassay
subject to a bio-assay
examine, probe
question or examine thoroughly and closely
research
attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
contemplate
look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
groak
look or stare at longingly
canvas, canvass, poll
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
follow with the eyes or the mind
experiment
to conduct a test or investigation

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

Synonyms:
analyze, break down, dissect, take apart
Antonyms:
synthesise, synthesize
combine so as to form a more complex, product
Types:
parse
analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to (a sentence)
botanise, botanize
collect and study plants
2

v subject to psychoanalytic treatment

Synonyms:
analyze, psychoanalyse, psychoanalyze
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for

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