Definition of peruse in English:


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Pronunciation: /pəˈruːz


[with object] formal
1Read (something), typically in a thorough or careful way: he has spent countless hours in libraries perusing art history books and catalogues I perused several online reviews
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  • By now, having thoroughly perused the menu, it was obvious that Haus Munchen was priced very moderately.
  • You can navigate by country, topic or forum and read expert advice or peruse articles.
  • The Tribunal perused the original and read the copies that were made for its use.
1.1Examine carefully or at length: Laura perused a Caravaggio
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  • She thoroughly perused the room to make sure Pablo was nowhere nearby.


late 15th century (in the sense 'use up, wear out'): perhaps from per- 'thoroughly' + use, but compare with Anglo-Norman French peruser 'examine'.


Note that peruse meansread’, typically with an implication of thoroughness and care. It does not mean ‘read through quickly; glance over’, as in documents will be perused rather than analysed thoroughly.



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  • But Michelle is no stranger to regular perusers of the pages of Britain's red-tops.
  • Adrian was one of the first people to ever read this blog and has been a consistent peruser for over a year now.
  • Year upon year, it was voted best new buy and best used buy by an adoring public and perusers of glossy magazines.

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