Definition of analogize in English:


(British analogise)


[with object]
  • Make a comparison of (something) with something else to assist understanding.

    ‘he could analogize birth to the coming into being of a poem’
    ‘analogizing gyroplanes with helicopters is a little surprising’
    • ‘Unfortunately, some legal discussions in effect have analogized payment to a piggy bank, where a person's physical money is paid in, possibly mixed, and then extracted.’
    • ‘To analogize them to the ACLU is just plain goofy - and while Barr and Armey are reactionaries, they are legitimate actors on the political stage.’
    • ‘Jeff Wells analogizes it all to a marijuana haze.’
    • ‘And I think it was - I analogize it to being thirsty and saying well I'll just wait for some water.’
    • ‘Attempts to analogize pregnancy so often become attempts to dehumanize pregnancy, to obscure the fact that abortion pits a woman against her own child rather than proceeding on the assumption that we can love and care for both.’
    • ‘It consists of wave after wave of manifestos and other declarations which seek to analogize disparate events, from the Watts riots to the war for Algerian independence.’
    • ‘He then analogizes the situation to the American judicial system in which persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty.’
    • ‘Such a desire is not the same as analogizing the city to the family, of merely wishing that the city were more like a family.’
    • ‘The newspapers' editors freely analogized weeds and tramps.’
    • ‘Like Roberts, Barker propels us into the embodied life of ritual and, again like the mystics, analogises God's love for humanity as a sexual union.’
    • ‘There's a nice piece here analogizing cricket to matters of the… well, heart.’
    • ‘Farquhar sees Chinese food politics as oriented around ‘excess and deficiency’ and analogizes them to core Chinese medical concepts.’
    • ‘Christina analogized the sensation to the phantom limb phenomenon - she still has that nagging sense that something about school needs appeasement.’
    • ‘I see no point in analogizing the kind of mobilization we carried out in World War II to the present conflict, which is entirely different.’
    • ‘The job of a judge is to look at whatever action is and try to analogize it: What would that most be like in 1787?’
    • ‘In ‘Dead,’ a spare country-rock shuffle, Harris analogizes the deaths of great songwriters who died too young with her inability to escape love.’
    • ‘Poetry allows us to examine science in a way that purely scientific discourse cannot by analogizing abstract concepts into concrete forms.’
    • ‘And I'll analogize it to the case down in Galveston, the Durst case.’
    • ‘It was a sort of fatal free lunch (if you can use a positive term to analogise a negative act).’
    compare, equate, show the resemblance between, show the similarity between, draw an analogy between, make an analogy between, make an analogy of, draw a parallel between, parallel, correlate, match
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