pe·​rus·​al | \ pə-ˈrü-zəl How to pronounce perusal (audio) \
plural perusals

Definition of perusal

: the act or an instance of perusing something : a reading or examining of something a report that deserves careful perusal She gave the list a quick perusal. He had returned for less than a minute to his perusal of outdated magazines when Joan came back.— John Updike

First Known Use of perusal

circa 1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perusal was circa 1589

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27 Jan 2020

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“Perusal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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pe·​rus·​al | \ pə-ˈrü-zəl \

Kids Definition of perusal

: the act of reading or reading through carefully

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