\ 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 browsable (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 Meanwhile, a free browser plug-in called Library Extension shows library book availability while browsing titles on Amazon. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, "E-books at libraries are a huge hit, leading to long waits, reader hacks and worried publishers," 26 Nov. 2019 While browsing through Facebook one day in 2017, a widow from Kentucky clicked on a series of links that led her to a signup form about buying silver. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "A precious-metals scheme used fear and Facebook to trick older conservatives out of their savings," 18 Nov. 2019 Scarpello's manager took over and asked to hear her engagement story while Fink browsed through bridal gowns. Madeline Mitchell,, "Couple is gifted $30,000 wedding one month after their 'kidney anniversary'," 1 Nov. 2019 The 28-year-old gardener, who had been collecting and hoarding other oddities for a number of years, stumbled on the collection a week earlier while browsing on eBay. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Candlelight Walk is one of the biggest weekends of the year for restaurants and stores around the square, and Wiederhold encourages everyone to both browse and purchase some of the unique items and treats on display. Allison Wood, cleveland, "Candlelight Walk kicks off Christmas in Medina," 18 Nov. 2019 Graze through the colorful food stalls at Queen Victoria Market, then make your way to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square to browse an all-encompassing public collection that spans colonial to contemporary art. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Even the software that allowed users to browse them had only a limited field of vision—glimpsing just random fragments of the tree at a time. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "A Cybersecurity Firm’s Sharp Rise and Stunning Collapse," 28 Oct. 2019 There are also other packages to browse and choose from. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "FightCamp Brings the Boxing Gym Right into Your Home to Have You Punching Like a Pro," 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The catalog is divided into browse-worthy Disneyland and Disney World sections. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney auction: Tiki Room animatronics, theme-park signs, rare documents ready for bids," 15 Nov. 2019 These machines crushed thousands of acres in the burns that had peaked, in order to create new browse for moose. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether it’s fire, floods or even locusts, try to adapt to what nature throws at you," 11 Sep. 2019 But Reppin’s view is mostly of a verdant meadow and a mountain stream where elk browse and wild turkeys gobble., "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019 Laurinská Street is Bratislava's fashion drag, lined with fun-to-browse boutiques. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: Slovakia’s capital is the fastest-changing city in Europe with remarkable comeback," 2 July 2019 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

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Browse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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