peruse

[ puh-rooz ]
/ pəˈruz /

verb (used with object), pe·rused, pe·rus·ing.

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.

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Origin of peruse

1470–80 in sense “use up, go through”; 1525–35 for current senses; per- + use

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peruse

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British Dictionary definitions for peruse

peruse
/ (pəˈruːz) /

verb (tr)

to read or examine with care; study
to browse or read through in a leisurely way

Derived forms of peruse

perusal, nounperuser, noun

Word Origin for peruse

C15 (meaning: to use up): from per- (intensive) + use
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