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peruse

[puh-rooz] /pəˈruz/
verb (used with object), perused, perusing.
1.
to read through with thoroughness or care:
to peruse a report.
2.
to read.
3.
to survey or examine in detail.
Origin
1470-1480
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.
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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

peruse

/pəˈruːz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to read or examine with care; study
2.
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
v.

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.

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