[ 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.

Origin of peruse

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

Related forms

Can be confused

peruse pursue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peruse


/ (pəˈruːz) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

perusal, nounperuser, noun

Word Origin for peruse

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