\ 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

Other Words from browse


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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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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25 Sep 2022

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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