diagnose

If you diagnose a disease, you recognize it by the signs and symptoms your patient shows. Your high temperature and the green crud you keep coughing up will allow your doctor to diagnose your bronchitis.

The verb diagnose was first used in medicine, meaning "make a diagnosis," or identify a disease by observation of symptoms. Use it to describe the process of figuring it out. If you have bad gut pain, ask your doctor to diagnose your condition. You can also use diagnose for other problems, like if you diagnose poverty and malnutrition as the real causes of a student's terrible behavior, or diagnose the virus that caused your computer to crash.

Definitions of diagnose
  1. verb
    subject to a medical analysis
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    types:
    explore
    examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
    put out feelers
    make some preliminary investigations or test the waters
    type of:
    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. verb
    determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
    synonyms: name
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    types:
    explore
    examine minutely
    plumb
    examine thoroughly and in great depth
    type of:
    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
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