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Analyze or Analyse? (Explained & Examples)

Analyze or analyse?

To analyze is a verb that means to “examine the nature or structure of something”; but should it be spelled analyze or analyse?

Analyze vs. analyse

The word analyze (which is the verb form of the noun, analysis), has two common spellings that vary according to US English and UK English rules:

  • UK English spells “analyse” with “-yse” at the end.

  • US English spells “analyze” “-yze” at the end.

UK English US English
Learn to step back and critically analyse situations.We need to analyze what went wrong.

Words ending in “-yze” or “ize” / “-ise” or “-yse”

UK EnglishUS English
UK/US English “-yze”/”-yse”. Chart by Grammarflex

Other forms of analyze

forms of analyze (verb)(US spellings) analyzed, analyzing, analyzes

(UK spellings) analysed, analysing, analyses
forms of “analysis” (noun)analyst

Sentences with analyze/analyse

Learn to step back and critically analyze/analyse situations.

The first step is to define and analyze/analyse the problem.

The water samples will be analyzed/analysed for the presence of polluting chemicals.

The job involves collecting and analyzing/analysing data.

Sentences with analyze/analyse in the media

The professionals performed their life-saving techniques while calmly talking and analyzing the scene.

—Al Gaspeny,, 2 Feb. 2024

To help correct this long standing issue, researchers recently created a novel computational program capable of analyzing the relationships between various SLs.

—Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024

On the Vision Pro, Copilot will be able to hear your voice, write, generate content, and analyze data, according to Microsoft.

—Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024

Synonyms of analyze

As in examine or determine:

  • consider
  • evaluate
  • interpret
  • scrutinize
  • spell out
  • figure out

As in break down:

  • determine
  • dissect
  • parse
  • resolve

Origin of the word analyze

From Etymonline:

c. 1600, of material things, “to dissect, take to pieces,” from French analyser, from the noun analyse “analysis” (see analysis). The general sense of “to examine closely” dates from 1809; the psychological sense is by 1909. Related: Analyzed; analyzing.

Learn more about US English vs. UK English


  1. Apple Vision Pro Bug Possibly ‘Exploited’ Before Patch Rollout” Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024
  2. Computer modeling is tracing the hidden evolution of sign languages“, Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024

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