October 07, 2016
analyze (verb)
\AN-uh-lyze\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to study or find out the nature and relationship of the parts of (something) by examination of the whole
How do you use it?
The instructions on the test said to analyze the diagram and then answer the questions about it.
Are you a word wiz?

Analyze the following choices and tell us which one you think is a synonym of "analyze."

If after careful analysis, you chose B, you've got a good handle on today's Buzzword. Although the earliest meaning of the word "dissect" is "to cut up (as a plant or animal) into separate parts for examination and study," another common meaning is "to make a careful examination of," as in "dissecting a story." In this way, both "analyze" and "dissect" have to do with dividing a complex whole into its parts or elements.
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