\ 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

Other Words from browse


browsable \ ˈbrau̇-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce browse (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Walerius also said bookstores allow people to truly browse a selection since people can touch, feel, and pick a gift for someone., 11 May 2022 Each step is logged online, allowing purchasers to browse through the results. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 But, even as e-commerce increases its share of total retail sales, the physical store continues to be a place for shoppers to browse new products, make a return or pick up online orders. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 Tour the gardens and browse a variety of potted plants raised in local conditions, plus other garden items. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 Book lovers have another place to browse now that the library at Palomar College’s Escondido Education Center has reopened following a closure of more than two years due to a remodeling project and the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Shop them below, or head to M.M. LaFleur's website and browse the rest of the Work Essentials bundle now — just don't forget to enter your code to save. Amanda Richards, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 Boxed and Rue La La now require registration just to browse their sites. Forrester, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Tour the gardens and browse a variety of potted plants raised in local conditions, plus other garden items. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adrian Chabla, 21, (left) and Luke Morrison, 22, browse records at Nuggets in Kenmore Square. Dart Adams,, 6 May 2022 In the meantime, that photo and video collection on the site is entertaining to browse. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Customers can also place custom orders and browse and shop online. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 21 Mar. 2022 Open streaming apps, pause and rewind content, and browse music. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 The duo suggests customers check their website beforehand and book an appointment to give you plenty of time to browse. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 21 Mar. 2022 Guests can explore clans and heritage, browse vendors, see Highland athletics and get a taste of Scotland through food and sound. Patrick Connolly,, 17 Feb. 2022 The Goodly Jobs Board, available at, lets job seekers browse job postings from thousands of companies that offer student-loan benefits. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 Parents can easily track their child’s progress and browse by topic. Simon Hill, Wired, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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\ 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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