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.

Primary Meanings of browse

1.
vn
feed as in a meadow or pasture
the act of feeding by continual nibbling
2.
vn
look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
reading superficially or at random
Full Definitions of browse
1

v 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
Type of:
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only

v eat lightly, try different dishes

“There was so much food at the party that we quickly got sated just by browsing
Synonyms:
graze
Type of:
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly

n the act of feeding by continual nibbling

Synonyms:
browsing
Type of:
eating, feeding
the act of consuming food

n 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”
Type of:
botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period
2

v look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular

browse a computer directory”
Synonyms:
surf
shop
shop around; not necessarily buying
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

v 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
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

n reading superficially or at random

Synonyms:
browsing
Type of:
reading
the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message

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