Definition of "parse" []

  • To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part. (verb-transitive)
  • To describe (a word) by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence. (verb-transitive)
  • To examine closely or subject to detailed analysis, especially by breaking up into components: "What are we missing by parsing the behavior of chimpanzees into the conventional categories recognized largely from our own behavior?” ( Stephen Jay Gould). (verb-transitive)
  • To make sense of; comprehend: I simply couldn't parse what you just said. (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To analyze or separate (input, for example) into more easily processed components. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence) (verb)

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  • (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence (verb)
  • To analyse the source code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "parse" in a sentence
  • "Additionally, you could optionally specify a number after the word parse - this would only disable specific settings."
  • "The draws took the heat down to the decking and into containers called parse tubes, which housed diapson crystals."
  • "I create an instance of the lib and call parse on the RSS."