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peruse

[ puh-rooz ]
/ pəˈruz /
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verb (used with object), pe·rused, pe·rus·ing.
to read through with thoroughness or care: Make sure you peruse the document before signing.
to scan or browse: Sometimes I peruse the magazines near the cash register while waiting to check out.Visitors will be able to peruse artworks by young people across the state.
to read: If romantic plots interest you, consider perusing her latest novel.
to survey or examine in detail: We had the opportunity to hear both sides and peruse the evidence.
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Origin of peruse

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

OTHER WORDS FROM peruse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peruse

peruse , pursue
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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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