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 survey or examine in detail.
Origin of peruse
1470–80 in sense “use up, go through”; 1525–35 for current senses; per- + use
Related formspe·rus·a·ble, adjectivepe·rus·er, nounpre·pe·ruse, verb (used with object),pre·pe·rused,pre·pe·rus·ing.qua·si-pe·rus·a·ble, adjectivere·pe·ruse, verb (used with object),re·pe·rused,re·pe·rus·ing.un·pe·rus·a·ble, adjectiveun·pe·rused, adjectiveCan be confusedperusepursue
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.