\ 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 After browsing the town’s many boutiques, stop into Outer Banks Distilling Company for happy hour and a tour. al, "Experience wild beauty in North Carolina’s Outer Banks," 19 May 2020 From her Minneapolis apartment, Ms. Paul has been browsing the museum’s website and creating art based on her discoveries. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tired of Netflix? Museums and theaters bring the arts home.," 15 May 2020 Most wore face masks and browsed quickly before making purchases. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Crocker Park welcomes shoppers to retail stores today (photos)," 12 May 2020 Vendors also have rooms so Lego lovers can browse, ask about individual products and place their orders. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you sad Milwaukee's Brickworld convention was canceled in Milwaukee? You can go via Zoom this weekend.," 12 May 2020 Mortgage Demand Is So High That Lenders Turn Away Borrowers Home-seekers are at least browsing remotely. Oshrat Carmiel,, "For NYC Homebuyers, Virus Angst Clashes With Fear of Missing Out," 10 May 2020 The technology allows users to mask their location while browsing the web, effectively helping to circumvent a ban. Irfan Amin Malik, Quartz India, "Desperate to go online again, Kashmiris are falling prey to VPN technology," 1 Mar. 2020 The system was supposed to use eye tracking software to charge advertisers each time someone looked at their ads while browsing the web. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Don’t panic, but companies are harvesting data straight from your brain," 30 Jan. 2020 Music to go Music Millennium, Portland’s oldest record store, is closed for browsing but offering curbside pickup for orders outside its store at 3158 East Burnside Street. oregonlive, "A drive-thru strip club, movie popcorn to go: Oregon businesses get creative during coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is my favorite place to look: A scrubby, overgrown field with some browse, berries, locust trees (deer love the pods), and the like. Mike Hanback, Outdoor Life, "18 Best Tips For Finding Your First Shed Antler," 24 Mar. 2020 Pick up a t-shirt or hat to show your love for your favorite shop all year long, and gift one to a friend who also loves a bookstore browse. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "Ways To Support Your Favorite Local Bookstores When You Can’t Visit," 22 Apr. 2020 Melaku Woldeamanuel browses job listings at a career center in San Francisco. Los Angeles Times, "Newly eligible California workers in limbo over unemployment benefits," 7 Apr. 2020 Search known food plots and agricultural fields that transition corridors lead to and areas with abundant browse that might draw deer. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 The strain on a person's spine from constantly bending one's neck to text or browse can feel like the equivalent of 20 or 30 pounds, according to a 2018 study. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Low back and neck pain is costing us a fortune. Here's how to stop," 3 Mar. 2020 There are several areas in the Upper Copper Basin that were hydro-axed to stimulate willow growth for better moose browse, which is one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A snowy winter can make things harder for some of Alaska’s moose," 15 Feb. 2020 Like that of other ungulates, the scat generally takes the form of pellets during winter, when the diet consists of woody browse. Popular Science, "Eleven animals you can identify by their poop," 23 Jan. 2020 Events that disrupt the natural dominance (like deer browse or snow break) may help a second bud compete with the leader, and become a second trunk. oregonlive, "How to best improve garden soil in preparation for spring planting? Ask an expert," 16 Feb. 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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23 May 2020

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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