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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 perusing
  • Counting calories today is as easy as checking the label in a grocery store, or perusing the menu in a restaurant.
  • Now it's time to start perusing the tablet's app store for the usual suspects.
  • Inside, park benches accommodate patrons perusing selections.
  • Miller travels the world perusing the work of this century's.
  • Or maybe you see an expanse of cedars bearing a snowfall, deer perusing the bark, and nuthatches hanging from a limb.
  • Those whose diaries you view will get a notification that you're perusing their stream.
  • When in restaurants, it was proper to sit perfectly upright while perusing the menu carefully.
  • Magazines and art books are freely provided for perusing over a steaming bowl of cappuccino.
  • In perusing a corrupted piece, he must have before him all possibilities of meaning, with all possibilities of expression.
  • Both moms and daughters delight in perusing the shops along the colonnaded street.
British Dictionary definitions for perusing

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 perusing

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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