\ ˈbrau̇z \
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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Other words from browse


browsable \ˈbrau̇-zə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for browse

Synonyms: Verb

dip, glance, glimpse, glint, peek, skim

Antonyms: Verb

gaze, stare

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Examples of browse in a Sentence


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

Alexa can look in your shopping and browsing history for the brands. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Shopping with Alexa on Amazon Prime day will be hard. These tricks make it easier," 13 July 2018 Visitors can peruse the pages of her colorful diary, read her letters to her mother, Matilde Calderón y Gonzalez and browse through photos of Kahlo and her husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Explore Google’s Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy," 26 May 2018 Additions to the statement include highlighting new categories surrounding personal data the company collects like voice data, content consumption data, and browsing history. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Microsoft expands data privacy tools ahead of GDPR," 24 May 2018 Get a taste of local life by browsing Dolac Market, a colorful, open-air fruit and vegetable market in the heart of the city. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 Discover your connection by browsing our website or visiting our flagship. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside L.A.'s New Secret Fine Jewelry Space," 11 June 2018 George French Jones Miami-Dade Corrections His most notorious scam unfolded in 2013 with Jones looking for victims by browsing the Robb Report, a magazine aimed at the jet-setting elite. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "He scammed celebrities with phantom Heat tickets. As a fugitive, he kept running scams | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 But others have made a career out of browsing vintage stores for incredible finds. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 incredibly useful tools for your digital spring cleaning," 7 Apr. 2018 But others have made a career out of browsing vintage stores for incredible finds. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "How to speed up your smartphone, clear up your browser and simplify your digital life," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stars of the park include the big cats (bobcats, lynx, and cougar), roly-poly black bears, and moose that munch all manner of browse, unperturbed by squealing youngsters. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 After a browse there, the art walk proceeds on to the Mexican Cultural Center and a reception inside the Mexican General Consulate building. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Fun, Free Things to Do in L.A. This May," 1 May 2018 In contrast, the surrounding hillside is dreamily serene: A modest herd of cattle browses in one field, clusters of tups (rams) and ewes with lambs in the others. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 Sip cocktails and nibble on party snacks as your browse and get inspired., "Say 'I Do' to these 18 Northeast Ohio wedding events in 2018," 9 Jan. 2018 The best option is to give them more of the winter foods they are already adapted to eating - winter browse. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017 Touchdown in Lathrop led me straight to Enchanted Frog for a nice relaxing browse through this mystical antique store. kansascity, "Where the bridge forks: two roads to two very different winter day trips | The Kansas City Star," 13 Dec. 2017 In fact, the zoo gets much of its browse from a super-secret Honda test track outside of Columbus that’s surrounded by lush wetland vegetation. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On," 11 Sep. 2017 Their first-ever permanent brick-and-mortar location is basically an IRL browse through Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Goop Has Officially Opened Its First Permanent Shop And It's Every Lifestyle Blogger's Dream," 18 Sep. 2017

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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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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 \
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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