[puh-roo-zuh l]


a reading: a perusal of the current books.
the act of perusing; survey; scrutiny: A more careful perusal yields this conclusion.

Origin of perusal

First recorded in 1590–1600; peruse + -al2
Related formspre·pe·rus·al, adjectivere·pe·rus·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for perusal

inspection, survey, examination, research

Examples from the Web for perusal

Contemporary Examples of perusal

  • But a perusal of the code shows employees ignored protections already in place.

Historical Examples of perusal

Word Origin and History for perusal

c.1600, from peruse + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper