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

Example Sentences

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
And don't forget to browse all of our Christmas ideas for 2022. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 30 Nov. 2022 And don't forget to browse the accessories, which include offers on chic loafers and beautiful handbags. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2022 That audience included movie nerds, families, older viewers and people who like to browse — and all of them, Rees said, were forced to adapt to streaming services, whose subscriptions skyrocketed when people were forced to stay home. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 From McRae Art Studios in urban Orlando to the annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival, there are a number of ways to celebrate, browse and buy art this weekend. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Nov. 2022 The event offered an exclusive sneak peek at the ADAA's Art Show before its public opening, welcoming artists, collectors, dealers and more to browse works from the world's top art galleries. The Editors, Town & Country, 9 Nov. 2022 Today, Spotify announced a new design language for its Apple Watch app to help users quickly download music to listen to offline while being able to browse and choose their favorite podcasts. José Adorno, BGR, 9 Nov. 2022 There's no mic, so those who take calls will want to browse alternative pairs. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 This event will be one of the last before Christmas, giving you a chance to browse for last-minute gifts made by a variety of local vendors. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022
Noun
Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn, side-by-side sartorial splendors, are two of the few local options, more about high-end fashion than home decor but worth a browse. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, 8 Nov. 2022 NuORDER by Lightspeed is a leading B2B e-commerce platform, helping brands deliver a seamless, more collaborative wholesale process that lets buyers browse products, plan assortments, and make smarter buys in real time. Outside Online, 21 Oct. 2022 Those interested in renting equipment can visit www.quiptu.com and browse pick-up and drop-off dates, places to rent and an activity with available outdoor gear. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2022 At the separate market on 11414 Caves Road, visitors can enjoy a free playground, browse through the bakery and gift area, and visit chickens, sheep, rabbits, and turkeys. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 Moose live in town for the abundant new browse and the lack of predators. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2022 Adults can hit the beer garden and listen to blues, disco and German music on one stage, or browse stands run by local restaurants, offering barbecue, empanadas or drinks from Vienna’s Caboose Brewing. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Workaway, which was founded 20 years ago, and Worldpackers, which is approximately a decade younger, do not charge to browse. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Like the Liberty Station ArtWalk and the Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy held in the spring, ArtWalk Carlsbad is a free event with much artwork to browse and, should you be moved, to buy. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 7 Dec. 2022.

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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