\ 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 Explore the 28-acre resort, browse the shops, and enjoy the beach and restaurants. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 31 July 2020 Some, including David’s Bridal and Lululemon, are connecting shoppers with virtual stylists to help them browse merchandise online. Washington Post, "Virtual try-ons are replacing fitting rooms during the pandemic," 9 July 2020 And if none of these ideas stir up excitement, there’s much more to explore in the Hobby Store, so go ahead and browse the complete assortment on Amazon. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "Looking for a New Hobby This Summer? Amazon Has a Huge Store for That," 8 July 2020 Visit the website to browse dozens of hunt categories for a long list of game, review hunt dates, and find other pertinent information like previous success rates and application deadlines. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Drawn hunts are worth the gamble this holiday weekend," 4 July 2020 The duo from Columbia, S.C., had planned to browse the rows of clothing and shoe stores on a Saturday, when Reaves, 55, figured that most tourists would be checking in or out of their hotels. Washington Post, "Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer. Now, it’s a coronavirus ‘petri dish.’," 1 July 2020 People could simply sign up, browse the site anonymously, and participate in any of the 130,000 active subreddits. Mike Isaac,, "Reddit, acting against hate speech, bans ‘The_Donald’ subreddit," 30 June 2020 Check out everything on sale for women and men, or browse our favorite picks below. CNN Underscored, "Save 40% on shoes, accessories and more at Nisolo," 30 June 2020 Google Chrome also pulls text and, in the event it’s a URL, will prompt the user to browse to it. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another factor is the quarantine-induced boredom that led many to browse shopping sites in their spare time. Irina Grechko,, "Resale Is Thriving In The Pandemic," 31 July 2020 In Old Town Temecula, browse boutiques and antique shops while strolling along wooden boardwalks with rustic storefronts. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 31 July 2020 Feeders are also an excellent way to provide mineral supplements to aid antler growth, hold deer on your property during hunting season or to provide a supplementary food source during harsh winters when browse gets scarce. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know Before Choosing A Deer Feeder," 1 Aug. 2019 If you’re not already sold on the gadget, a quick browse through the thousands of reviews left by satisfied Amazon shoppers may do the trick. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 When the corn pile goes away the deer goes back on woody browse again and the slow starvation continues. Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, "Are You Feeding Your Deer To Death?," 6 Feb. 2013 In those days, people made time to come browse in bookstores. Priyanka Malhotra, Quartz India, "The story of Delhi’s iconic bookstore that lost its battle against Covid-19," 9 June 2020 That desire to browse helped inform the library’s decision to ease back into being open, says HMCPL executive director Laurel Best. Matt Wake |, al, "How local libraries turned the page during a pandemic," 9 June 2020 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

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Browse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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