When you dissect a frog in science class, you cut it open to look at its inner organs. To dissect is to break something down to look at its parts.

Dissecting something allows you to look at it closely and understand it better. If your soccer team loses a match, you might want to dissect the game afterward to try to find exactly how and when things went wrong. Television analysts will often dissect a political speech to understand what was really being said, how true the statements were, and how well it was done.

Definitions of dissect
  1. verb
    cut open or cut apart
    dissect the bodies for analysis”
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    cut (a body) open while still alive
    anatomise, anatomize
    dissect in order to analyze
    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
    synonyms: analyse, analyze, break down, take apart
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    synthesise, synthesize
    combine so as to form a more complex, product
    analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to (a sentence)
    botanise, botanize
    collect and study plants
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