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Definition of dissect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dissect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsekt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissect
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsekt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsekt//
     
    he / she / it dissects
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsekts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsekts//
     
    past simple dissected
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsektɪd//
     
    past participle dissected
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsektɪd//
     
    -ing form dissecting
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsektɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈsektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈsektɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dissect something to cut up a dead person, animal or plant in order to study it The biology students had to dissect a rat. dissecting instruments
  2. 2dissect something to study something closely and/or discuss it in great detail Her latest novel was dissected by the critics.
  3. 3dissect something to divide something into smaller pieces, areas, etc. The city is dissected by a network of old canals.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin dissect- ‘cut up’, from the verb dissecare, from dis- ‘apart’ + secare ‘to cut’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dissect