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Definition of analysis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. analyses
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the detailed study or examination of something in order to understand more about it; the result of the study statistical analysis The book is an analysis of poverty and its causes. At the meeting they presented a detailed analysis of twelve schools in a Manhattan borough.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a careful examination of a substance in order to find out what it consists of The blood samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis. You can ask for a chemical analysis of your tap water.
  3. 3[uncountable] = psychoanalysis In analysis, the individual resolves difficult emotional conflicts.
  4. Idioms
    in the final/last analysis
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    used to say what is most important after everything has been discussed or considered In the final analysis, it's a matter of personal choice.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: analysis