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browse

verb \ ˈbrau̇z \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of browse

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 2browse 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

play \ˈbrau̇-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of browse in a Sentence

  1. Several customers were browsing in the bookstore.

  2. He was browsing the want ads in the newspaper.

  3. cows browsing in the pasture

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Origin and Etymology of browse

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

browse Synonyms


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browse

noun

Definition of browse

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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Origin and Etymology of browse

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


BROWSE Defined for English Language Learners

browse

verb

Definition of browse for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


BROWSE Defined for Kids

browse

verb \ ˈbrau̇z \

Definition of browse for Students

browsed; browsing
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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