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[puh-roo-zuh l] /pəˈru zəl/
a reading:
a perusal of the current books.
the act of perusing; survey; scrutiny:
A more careful perusal yields this conclusion.
Origin of perusal
1590-1600; peruse + -al2
Related forms
preperusal, adjective
reperusal, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is a vastly entertaining story that abounds with characters; it is also a serious perusal of the ethics of anthropology.
  • Chester and I turned it over to several long-time members for a careful perusal.
  • The paper in question was proffered to the Judge, who retained it for perusal.
  • I'm listing here the most salient characteristics for your perusal.
  • All of this I discovered in a simple five minute perusal.
  • It deserves many hours of perusal.
  • Although the guide isn't lighthearted, it's casual enough to inspire page-flipping and informal perusal.
  • In such presentation, counsel could cite the controlling passages of the transcript for personal perusal of the agency members.
  • We commend a careful perusal of the letter.
  • Nevertheless, he was much in mind during my perusal.
Word Origin and History for perusal

c.1600, from peruse + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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