\ 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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last month, long after the barricades came down, trading posts were open but closed for indoor shopping, limiting the chances of anyone passing by to stop and browse. New York Times, "The Place Hit Hardest by the Virus," 27 Dec. 2020 The store gets records to online buyers, but regulars like to come and browse the bins. Lee Roop |, al, "The pandemic was a ‘reset’ button for Alabama photographer Ashley Vaughn," 17 June 2020 Whereas retail stores are designed around customers who may browse multiple aisles in search of a few items, fulfillment centers are designed around employees handling items nonstop. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not.," 26 Dec. 2020 With three rooms to browse, Thread & Nail offers the latest in trendy fashion, along with vintage fashion and furnishings, including toys, masks, vintage hats, farmhouse, primitive and industrial furnishings., "Thread and Nail offers eclectic collection," 21 Dec. 2020 So in a holiday season when its safest to shop online, the brand is committed to offering that personal touch virtually through an innovative digital platform that allows customers to browse select stores from the comfort of their own homes. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Play in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fun Virtual Boutiques," 16 Dec. 2020 Salvatore identifies as nonbinary) dream of opening a physical shop in the future, a place where shoppers can linger and browse. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why traditional retailers have the checkout blues," 14 Dec. 2020 Another option is to browse by permission rather than by app. David Nield, Popular Science, "Take control of your apps’ permissions," 10 Dec. 2020 Modems are one of the most critical components in an iPhone, connecting the device to cellular networks so users can browse the web, access apps and make phone calls. Mark Gurman,, "Apple’s Greatest Chip Challenge: Replacing Qualcomm Modems," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Michelle Montrose, who works out of Studio 16 with three other artists in the village, painted flowers with oils and talked to a few shoppers who popped in to browse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artists stay busy, focused and hopeful the day before Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 In addition to the cozy fireside video, get a taste of the French Canadian city through its music with live streams from the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, or browse collections at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with free virtual tours. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Shake Up Your Usual Yule Log Video With One Featuring a Chef or Drag Queen," 17 Dec. 2020 Watch the full clip below and scroll through the gallery browse more photos of MAJOR and Nichelle’s heavenly wedding reception shot by Pharris Photography & Film. Essence, "Celebrity Bridal Bliss; MAJOR. Sang To His Bride Nichelle And The Crowd Lit Up," 16 Dec. 2020 Look for good browse vegetation, including plants like bitterbrush, Gamble oak, sagebrush, catclaw acacia, and so on. Outdoor Life, "7 Rules You Must Follow to Punch Your Big-Game Tag on Public Land," 10 Dec. 2020 There can be a lot of activity in a hot bedding area throughout the morning now, as deer may get up to switch beds or nibble on some browse, and second-rut bucks may well come sniffing around for late-cycling does. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "5 Great Stand Locations for Late-Season Deer," 2 Dec. 2020 An easy-to-browse catalogue features the different makers participating in the shop, with hyperlinks to their products right there in the shopping guide. cleveland, "Cleveland Holiday Fun Guide: 32 virtual and in-person ways to celebrate the season," 24 Nov. 2020 Young professionals, nurses, and teachers with young children browse items, saving them up to £60 on weekly shopping expenses. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, "Soccer star leads an awakening on child hunger in Britain," 23 Nov. 2020 Shops on Instagram, announced in May, allows e-commerce businesses to transform into storefronts, affording users the opportunity to browse and purchase products directly from the app. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "FastAF offers goods from CBD drinks to designer hand soap. Can it take on Amazon?," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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