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

v subject to a medical analysis

Types:
explore
examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
put out feelers
make some preliminary investigations or test the waters
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis

Synonyms:
name
Types:
explore
examine minutely
plumb
examine thoroughly and in great depth
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

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