Definition of analyze verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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analyze

verb (Canadian English also analyse)
/ˈænlˌaɪz/
 
 
1 to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it analyze somethingThe job involves gathering and analyzing data.He tried to analyze his feelings.The first step is to define and analyze the problem. analyze what, how, etc.…We need to analyze what went wrong.2 analyze someone = psychoanalyze
Usage noteUsage note: examineconsider look at something analyze review study discussThese words all mean to think about, study, or describe someone or something carefully, especially in order to understand them, form an opinion of them, or make a decision about them.examine to think about, study, or describe an idea, subject, or piece of work very carefully: These ideas will be examined in more detail in Chapter 10.consider to think carefully about something, especially in order to make a decision: She carefully considered her options.look at something (somewhat informal) to consider, think about, or study something, especially in order to learn something useful or important: I'm going to look at the budget estimates on the weekend.analyze to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it: The job involves gathering and analyzing data. He tried to analyze his feelings.review to examine something again, especially so that you can decide whether any changes need to be made: The government will review the situation later in the year.study to examine someone or something in order to understand them or it: We will study the report carefully before making a decision.examine or study?You examine something in order to understand it or to help other people understand it, for example by describing it in a book; you study something in order to understand it yourself.discuss to write or talk about something in detail, showing the different ideas and opinions about it: This topic will be discussed at greater length in the next chapter.patternsto examine/consider/look at/analyze/review/study/discuss what/how/whether…to examine/consider/look at/analyze/review/study/discuss the situation/evidence/implicationsto examine/consider/look at/analyze/review/study/discuss something carefully/critically/systematically/briefly