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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: careful scrutiny of constituent parts in order to thoroughly understand the whole.
Her analysis of the painting helped explain why it is considered a masterpiece.
synonyms:
allay, diagnosis, dissection, examination
similar words:
canvass, inquiry, investigation, study, survey, test
definition 2: the process of separating into constituent parts.
The analysis of the city's water showed that there was an unsafe level of lead.
synonyms:
breakdown, dissection, examination
antonyms:
synthesis
similar words:
decomposition, resolution, separation
definition 3: an explanation or interpretation; presentation of the results of separating and scrutinizing.
His analysis of the data was illuminating.
synonyms:
breakdown, diagnosis, evaluation, explanation
similar words:
abstract, appraisal, criticism, review, study, summary, synopsis
definition 4: psychoanalysis.
He hoped that analysis might help him come to terms with his traumatic past.
synonyms:
psychotherapy
similar words:
interpretation, psychiatry, therapy
Word Parts
The word analysis contains the following parts:
lys, lyt, -lyze Greek root that means break down, disintegrate