- to eat, nibble at, or feed on (leaves, tender shoots, or other soft vegetation).
- to graze; pasture on.
- to look through or glance at casually or randomly: He's browsing the shelves for something to read.
- to access and view (website content) with a Web browser, usually without looking for something specific: a secure way to browse the Web.
- to feed on or nibble at foliage, lichen, berries, etc.
- to graze.
- to glance at random through a book, magazine, etc.
- to look leisurely at goods displayed for sale, as in a store.
- to access and view websites with a Web browser, as in mobile browsing; online browsing: If you love to browse while on the road, you can easily take advantage of free Wi-Fi .
- tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees as food for cattle, deer, etc.
- an act or instance of browsing.
Origin of browse
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Examples from the Web for browse
You get to browse full menus by phone and receive confirmation when your order is being processed.How Much Do You Tip A Robot Bartender?
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Make it easy for me to browse all the new releases—and not just the titles you want to promote.25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get)
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Will millionaire buyers really be willing to browse for Monets alongside the Average Joe sorting paintings by Price: Low to High?Amazon Opens Fine Art Market
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Employers can now browse these profiles and choose beautiful employees.Lady Gaga's Fake Nail Sells for $12,000; Israeli Soldiers Reportedly Disciplined for Underwear Photo Shoot
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Historians, journalists, and scholars regularly use the National Archives search engine to browse declassified material.How Julian Assange Fooled the Media Once Again
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My pony had nothing but browse for supper, and he was restless.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
They browse over the earth, but can sit up and eat like the squirrel.Little Men
Louisa May Alcott
Sheep like to roam over the hills, and browse on the bushes and moss.Minnie's Pet Lamb
When cattle are turned in, they browse the tender terminal growth.The Apple-Tree
L. H. Bailey
The man left the horse unchecked to browse by the roadside, and came to the door.Eli
Heman White Chaplin
- to look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner
- computing to search for and read hypertext, esp on the Internet
- (of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling
- the act or an instance of browsing
- the young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed
Word Origin and History for browse
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.