1. examine or consider something in detail






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dissect the plan/proposal

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In a literal sense, to 'dissect' means to cut open or separate a dead body or plant for the purpose of anatomical study. Figuratively, it is used to refer to the detailed examination or consideration of something for the purpose of comprehension or explanation. Even if the subject matter itself is frivolous, if the analysis of it is detailed then 'dissect' is appropriate to use. It is common in both a social and professional context.

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  1. The politician accused the media of dissecting everything he said in an attempt to undermine him and stoke controversy.
  2. When he goes to see his favourite team play, James likes to dissect the match with his friends in the pub afterwards.

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  1. In the meeting, we dissected the plan to figure out where it had gone wrong. It resulted in a lively discussion.
  2. My speech at the conference was a dissection of the current state of the industry, and where our company fits into that.

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