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[brouz] /braʊz/
verb (used with object), browsed, browsing.
1.
to eat, nibble at, or feed on (leaves, tender shoots, or other soft vegetation).
2.
to graze; pasture on.
3.
to look through or glance at casually:
He's browsing the shelves for something to read.
verb (used without object), browsed, browsing.
4.
to feed on or nibble at foliage, lichen, berries, etc.
5.
to graze.
6.
to glance at random through a book, magazine, etc.
7.
to look leisurely at goods displayed for sale, as in a store.
noun
8.
tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees as food for cattle, deer, etc.
9.
an act or instance of browsing.
Origin of browse
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English browsen, perhaps a verbal derivative of Anglo-French broz, plural of brot shoot, new growth, Old French brost < Old Low Franconian *brust bud, noun derivative of *brustjan; compare Old Saxon brustian to come into bud
Related forms
browser, noun
nonbrowsing, adjective, noun
overbrowse, verb (used with object), overbrowsed, overbrowsing.
unbrowsing, adjective
Can be confused
brows, browse.
Synonyms
3. scan, skim, examine, peruse, check.
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  • Every morning Peter went down to Doerfli to bring up a flock of goats to browse on the mountain.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Sheep like to roam over the hills, and browse on the bushes and moss.

    Minnie's Pet Lamb Madeline Leslie
  • It occurred to Hendrik that it might be their habit to browse up the wind, as springboks and some other species do.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • The man left the horse unchecked to browse by the roadside, and came to the door.

    Eli Heman White Chaplin
  • It might be just the shadow of deer, come to browse on the parched grass.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for browse

browse

/braʊz/
verb
1.
to look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner
2.
(computing) to search for and read hypertext, esp on the Internet
3.
(of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling
noun
4.
the act or an instance of browsing
5.
the young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed
Word Origin
C15: from French broust, brost (modern French brout) bud, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon brustian to bud
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Word Origin and History for browse
v.

mid-15c., "feed on buds," from Middle French brouster, from Old French broster "to sprout, bud," from brost "young shoot, twig," probably from Proto-Germanic *brustjan "to bud," from PIE *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (see breast (n.)). Lost its final -t in English on the mistaken notion that the letter was a past participle inflection. Figurative extension to "peruse" (books) is 1870s, American English. Related: Browsed; browsing.

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