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[puh-rooz] /pəˈruz/
verb (used with object), perused, perusing.
to read through with thoroughness or care:
to peruse a report.
to read.
to survey or examine in detail.
Origin of peruse
1470-80 in sense “use up, go through”; 1525-35 for current senses; per- + use
Related forms
perusable, adjective
peruser, noun
preperuse, verb (used with object), preperused, preperusing.
quasi-perusable, adjective
reperuse, verb (used with object), reperused, reperusing.
unperusable, adjective
unperused, adjective
Can be confused
peruse, pursue. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peruse
  • There are already 5081 photos to peruse, along with family stories and treasured recipes.
  • All of this information is available for you to peruse at any time.
  • At the adjacent table, peruse the dessert selection, with marzipan and expensive herbs and spices.
  • The front page of the new Web site lets shoppers peruse the front windows of the store, literally.
  • The general reader will find the volume most enjoyable to peruse for comparative purposes.
  • You can peruse the strainers here, and there are more mugs with infusers here.
  • Cartoony illustrations extend the academic antics, which will have kids heading strait for the bookshelves to peruse this winner.
  • While you're at it, I suggest you peruse the website at length.
  • At the very least, peruse the organization's Web site to gather information.
  • By now readers are able to peruse these volumes with the sort of familiar affection given to the beloved family nuisance.
British Dictionary definitions for peruse


verb (transitive)
to read or examine with care; study
to browse or read through in a leisurely way
Derived Forms
perusal, noun
peruser, noun
Word Origin
C15 (meaning: to use up): from per- (intensive) + use
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Word Origin and History for peruse

late 15c., "use up, wear out, go through," from Middle English per- "completely" (see per) + use (v.). Meaning "read carefully" is first recorded 1530s, but this could be a separate formation. Meaning "read casually" is from 19c. Related: Perused; perusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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