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dis·sect

dissect

 
 
pronunciation:
daI sekt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dissects, dissecting, dissected
definition 1: to cut open or apart in order to examine.
They dissected a frog in science class.
similar words:
analyze
definition 2: to examine closely; analyze.
The newspapers dissected the president's speech.
synonyms:
analyze, scrutinize
similar words:
examine, inspect, study
derivations: dissectible (adj.), dissector (n.)
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The word dissect contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
sect Latin root that means to cut
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