\ 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 Shopping, especially during a pandemic, should be made easier, and Ohmer offers three ways to browse the boutique -- visit the store, shop online at the Whimsical Gal website or download the app on Google Play or the App Store. cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 The browser extension — compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge — is designed to let online shoppers browse and buy from small businesses in their community, according to their website. Joelle Goldstein,, 9 Sep. 2021 Book bundling continues alongside the ability to browse the shelves. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Shipments from abroad arrive around now and aren’t replenishable, so browse early for the best selection. Miri Talabac,, 1 Sep. 2021 Visitors can tour the historic district, climb the Cape May lighthouse, taste wine at the Cape May Winery, or browse the Washington Street Mall. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2021 Both experienced and novice quilters and seamstresses will be able to browse machines, tools, fabrics and patterns. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2021 Watch our latest video to get the tutorial, and browse below for a description of this month's project and supply list. Allie Early, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2021 Come visit the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Aug. 6-8 and browse the library’s big, blowout book sale of hundreds of titles donated by the community. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the Showalter Hughes Gallery, browse through hundreds of one-of-a-kind ceramic cups, bowls and other vessels handmade by Crealdé instructors, artists, students and friends. Matthew J. Palm,, 26 Aug. 2021 Customers are still welcome to use computers, use study rooms, browse, and spend time in library buildings. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 After watching an introductory film, visitors browse treasures, including an 1885 crazy quilt made by the Jewish Ladies’ Sewing Circle in Canton, Miss., who raffled it off to fund its local synagogue. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Below, browse 18 of the best Prime Day book deals that are still live at the moment. Lindsay Boyers, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Vast grasslands where domestic cattle browse among sporadic stands of ponderosa pines and water tanks define the dusty, 9-mile drive in on kidney-jarring back roads. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 In the new museum, people can admire a 410-pound silver nugget found outside Globe, Ariz., or browse meteorites scorched to size by the trip through the atmosphere. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 By Saturday afternoon, city commissioners gathered to cut the ribbon on a new food cart pod and many of the storefronts that have been boarded up for months were wide open with small groups of shoppers and tourists popping in to browse. oregonlive, 25 July 2021 Amazon Prime Day's legging deals are totally worth a browse. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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
: to eat grass, plants, etc. : graze


\ 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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