\ ˈbrau̇z How to pronounce browse (audio) \
browsed; browsing

Definition of browse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a of an animal : to eat (tender shoots, twigs, leaves of trees and shrubs, etc.) : to consume as browse (see browse entry 2 sense 1) browsing thistles
b : graze
2 : to look over casually : skim browsing the want ads
3 computers : to access (a network) by means of a browser

intransitive verb

1a of an animal : to feed on or as if on tender shoots, twigs, and leaves of trees and shrubs : to feed on or as if on browse
b : graze cows browsing in the pasture
2a : to skim through a book reading passages that catch the eye
b : to look over or through an aggregate of things casually especially in search of something of interest browsing through the store's magazine section



Definition of browse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : tender shoots, twigs, and leaves of trees and shrubs used by animals for food
2 : an act or instance of browsing a quick browse through the want ads

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browsable \ ˈbrau̇-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce browsable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for browse

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of browse in a Sentence

Verb Several customers were browsing in the bookstore. He was browsing the want ads in the newspaper. cows browsing in the pasture
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Semi-round, individual droppings often indicate deer are concentrating their feeding efforts on browse such as leaves, bark, and mast-producing nut trees like acorns. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 Instead, CrowdStrike took digital images of the DNC system, capturing files, photos, emails, and browsing history to determine who had breached the system. Washington Post, "As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive," 12 Jan. 2020 Karen uses a Tobii, a device that responds to eye motion, enabling her to call for help, type letters, browse Facebook, answer e-mails — and to speak. Globe Staff,, "For families of ALS patients, providing home care can be an infinite challenge," 11 Jan. 2020 Prosecutors said the guards browsed the internet and napped instead of checking on him every half-hour, as they were required to do. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Video Related to First Epstein Suicide Attempt Was Lost, Officials Say," 9 Jan. 2020 This is a pretty reasonable facsimile of a real human browsing real webpages. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How Ars tests Wi-Fi gear (and you can, too)," 8 Jan. 2020 Head to Anthropologie to shop the full sale, or browse some top decor picks below. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie's Winter Tag Sale Is Here, With Major Savings on Furniture and Decor," 2 Jan. 2020 Or if December is your favorite time of year, how about browsing Europe’s famed Christmas markets while sipping a steaming hot mug of glühwein (mulled wine)? Gwen Pratesi, USA TODAY, "2020's best winter cruises: Choose from the Caribbean, Cambodia, Norway, Galápagos, more," 30 Dec. 2019 Needless to say, most nights out ended with me drunkenly app-browsing while eating a late-night snack. Adam Schubak, Good Housekeeping, "How Online Dating Helped Me Meet My Boyfriend the "Old-Fashioned Way"," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like that of other ungulates, the scat generally takes the form of pellets during winter, when the diet consists of woody browse. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 The condition affects deer and elk when their diet is changed too rapidly from natural, high-fiber browse such as twigs to low-fiber, high-carbohydrate supplemental feeds such as corn, wheat and barley. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elk found dead from eating corn in northern Wisconsin," 10 Jan. 2020 Round individual droppings indicate a diet of browse such as leaves and twigs. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "9 Deer Pellet Facts That Can Help You Get Your Buck," 2 Dec. 2019 Extreme swings between freezing and thawing can kill buds on trees, or lead to rain in northerly climes that is followed by freezing weather, forming a barrier of ice that prevents foraging animals like caribou from reaching vital winter browse. Jim Robbins, Wired, "It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising," 30 Dec. 2019 Its compact old town is lined with venerable cafés, Renaissance arcades and fun-to-browse boutiques. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "The Danube River trifecta: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest," 28 Nov. 2019 The catalog is divided into browse-worthy Disneyland and Disney World sections. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney auction: Tiki Room animatronics, theme-park signs, rare documents ready for bids," 15 Nov. 2019 These machines crushed thousands of acres in the burns that had peaked, in order to create new browse for moose. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether it’s fire, floods or even locusts, try to adapt to what nature throws at you," 11 Sep. 2019 But Reppin’s view is mostly of a verdant meadow and a mountain stream where elk browse and wild turkeys gobble., "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of browse


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for browse


Middle English brouusen, probably from Anglo-French brouts browse entry 2


probably modification of Anglo-French brouts, plural of brout sprout, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon brustian to sprout, and perhaps to Old English brēost breast — more at breast

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The first known use of browse was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2020

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“Browse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of browse

: to look at many things in a store, in a newspaper, etc., to see if there is something interesting or worth buying
: to use a special program (called a browser) to find and look at information on the Internet
of an animal : to eat grass, plants, etc.


\ ˈbrau̇z How to pronounce browse (audio) \
browsed; browsing

Kids Definition of browse

1 : to read or look in a casual way We went in the shop to browse.
2 : to nibble young shoots and foliage browsing deer

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