browse

1 of 2

verb

browsed; browsing

transitive verb

1
a
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

1
a
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
2
a
: 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
browsable adjective

browse

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Keep reading for even more picks before browsing the Hot New Releases section at Amazon. Alicia Geigel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2024 Keep scrolling to browse more resort-ready styles on sale at Banana Republic up to 49 percent off. Megan Schaltegger, Travel + Leisure, 7 June 2024
Noun
Its walkable downtown is resplendent with local shops, restaurants, and art galleries, which always make for a fun browse about town. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 By late spring, customers should be able to take a browse in person at the Camp Bowie boutique. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for browse 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English brouusen, probably from Anglo-French brouts browse entry 2

Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of browse was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near browse

Cite this Entry

“Browse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/browse. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

browse

1 of 2 verb
browsed; browsing
1
: to nibble or feed on leaves and shoots
2
: to read or look over something in a light or careless way

browse

2 of 2 noun
1
: tender shoots and leaves used by animals for food
2
: an act or instance of browsing

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