Definition of analysis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈnæləsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnæləsɪs//
    (pl. analyses
    BrE BrE//əˈnæləsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnæləsiːz//
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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 London borough. see also meta-analysis
  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. Wordfinderanalysis, evaluate, evidence, experiment, hypothesis, laboratory, research, result, science, study
  3. 3[uncountable] = psychoanalysis In analysis the individual resolves difficult emotional conflicts.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek analusis, from analuein ‘unloose’, from ana- ‘up’ + luein ‘loosen’.Extra examples He gave a brief analysis of the present economic situation. In his analysis of the novel he discusses various aspects of the author’s own life. In the final analysis, the king’s power was greater than the bishop’s. In the final analysis, the people were stronger than the generals. Researchers identified themes from the content analysis of interviews. They carried out an in-depth analysis of the results. We performed a comparative analysis of genes from different species. a DNA sequence analysis More analysis has been done on the process of ageing. Most of the information we have so far is based on statistical analysis. They conducted a detailed analysis of four separate groups.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.
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