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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 scan or browse:
The shoppers perused the magazines near the cash register while waiting to check out.
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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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.

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