browse

1 of 2

verb

browsed; browsing

transitive verb

1
a
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

1
a
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
2
a
: 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
browsable adjective

browse

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Through its algorithms and artificial intelligence, the company can in many cases link Incognito mode browsing data to individual profiles, the lawsuits claimed. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 9 Apr. 2024 At the end of each browsing session, everything gets wiped, including cookies left behind by sites and the browsing history inside the Tor Browser app itself. David Nield, WIRED, 6 Apr. 2024 Then, search for a few books about Venice in second-hand bookstores or browse the antique stalls, if there are any. Maddalena Fossati, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Apr. 2024 Lounge on the sandy shores of Oval Beach or Saugatuck Dunes State Park, rent a boat and explore Lake Michigan, browse the art galleries, or check out the local breweries. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 Some were dressed in the label’s moody creations sipping wine while browsing a collection of glittering dresses, sheer bodysuits, and unconventional outerwear. Indya Brown, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 More people want to drink less, data says Amy Hook, a 46-year-old executive at an accounting firm, was browsing The Zero Co on a Friday afternoon. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Elevated browsing experience with fewer ads and unlimited article saving power an enhanced reading experience. Maria Gracia Santillana Linares, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 The firm, which has roots in Singapore and Bengaluru, India, sources its location data from advertising exchanges—companies that quietly interact with billions of devices as users browse the web and move about the world. Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024
Noun
Its walkable downtown is resplendent with local shops, restaurants, and art galleries, which always make for a fun browse about town. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 By late spring, customers should be able to take a browse in person at the Camp Bowie boutique. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Mar. 2024 But this is all happening at, or around, the best deer feed in the area, whether that’s big-woods browse or mast, ag fields, or the best late-season food plots. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Apple has equipped several of its headphones with Spatial Audio capabilities and the streaming platform prominently shares new new spatial audio releases near the top of Apple Music’s browse page. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 Ahead, take a browse through the looks that she’s graced us with from the beginning till now. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 Aug. 2023 Bottom line: Ulta’s Big Summer Beauty Sale is worth a browse. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 7 July 2023 This is my favorite place to look: A scrubby, overgrown field with some browse, berries, locust trees (deer love the pods), and the like. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, 24 Jan. 2023 These types of ads can be shown on the Walmart homepage, in search results, on browse pages and on product detail pages. Omer Riaz, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Browse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/browse. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

browse

1 of 2 verb
browsed; browsing
1
: to nibble or feed on leaves and shoots
2
: to read or look over something in a light or careless way

browse

2 of 2 noun
1
: tender shoots and leaves used by animals for food
2
: an act or instance of browsing

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