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analysis

a·nal·y·sis

analysis

 
pronunciation:
nae l sihs
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: analyses
definition 1: a careful study of the parts of something in order to understand more about the whole.
Her analysis of the painting helped us understand why it is considered a masterpiece.
synonyms:
examination
similar words:
inquiry, investigation, study, survey, test
definition 2: the process of separating something into parts in order to study it.
The analysis of the city's water showed that there was too much of a harmful chemical in it.
synonyms:
examination
similar words:
decomposition, separation
Word Parts
The word analysis contains the following parts:
lys, lyt, -lyze Greek root that means break down, disintegrate