browse

To browse is to look casually for whatever catches your eye, rather than searching for something specific. Window shopping and scanning the newspaper for interesting headlines are forms of browsing.

You can browse in a store, a library, or browse the Internet (with — what else? — an Internet "browser"). When it comes to reading material, browse means the same as peruse. Back in the 16th century, though, this verb was used in reference to animals feeding on, or grazing on, the buds of trees.

Definitions of browse
  1. verb
    feed as in a meadow or pasture
    synonyms: crop, graze, pasture, range
    range
    let eat
    crop, graze, pasture
    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
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    type of:
    eat, feed
    take in food; used of animals only
  2. verb
    eat lightly, try different dishes
    “There was so much food at the party that we quickly got sated just by browsing
    synonyms: graze
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    type of:
    nosh, snack
    eat a snack; eat lightly
  3. noun
    the act of feeding by continual nibbling
    synonyms: browsing
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    type of:
    eating, feeding
    the act of consuming food
  4. noun
    vegetation (such as young shoots, twigs, and leaves) that is suitable for animals to eat
    “a deer needs to eat twenty pounds of browse every day”
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    type of:
    botany, flora, vegetation
    all the plant life in a particular region or period
  5. verb
    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
    browse a computer directory”
    synonyms: surf
    shop
    shop around; not necessarily buying
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    type of:
    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  6. verb
    scan, look through, or look for information on the internet
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    type of:
    surf
    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
  7. verb
    shop around; not necessarily buying
    “I don't need help, I'm just browsing
    synonyms: shop
    surf
    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
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    types:
    comparison-shop
    compare prices for a given item
    antique
    shop for antiques
    window-shop
    examine the shop windows; shop with the eyes only
    type of:
    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  8. noun
    reading superficially or at random
    synonyms: browsing
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    type of:
    reading
    the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
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