Pronunciation: (an'l-īz"), [key]
—v.t., -lyzed, -lyz•ing.
1. to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of (opposed to synthesize): to analyze an argument.
2. to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of: to analyze a poem.
3. to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc.
4. to subject to mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc., analysis.
5. to psychoanalyze: a patient who has been analyzed by two therapists. Also, esp. Brit.,analyse.
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