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Examples of peruse in a Sentence
To refresh my memory of the old days, I asked for some Dailies of the thirties from the morgue, sat down at the large round oak table at the end of the editorial room on the second floor, and began riffling through the musty pages. Soon a burly middle-aged man appeared and seated himself at the table to peruse some recent issues of the paper and take notes. —Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987
I've even found myself idly perusing the Yellow Pages, not frantic for a plumber, just browsing. —Lesley Conger, Writer, October 1968
Bessie asked if I would have a book … , and I begged her to fetch Gulliver's Travels from the library. This book I had again and again perused with delight. —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847
He perused the newspaper over breakfast.
perused the manuscript, checking for grammatical errors
Recent Examples of peruse from the Web
The department store’s selection is unparalleled: Peruse sultry options from high-end companies like Wacoal and Chantelle (both of which go up to size 44H) as well as more demure offerings from Calvin Klein and Natori.
John Glisson pushed a shopping cart on Saturday, perusing the aisles of Save-U-More Fireworks.
Guests can also take a dip in the open-air pool or peruse the hotel’s rotating schedule of art installations that ornament the halls and lobby.
But as this Monday Morning Quarterback story also published Tuesday notes, PFF carries a lot of weight around the NFL with 26 teams subscribing to the site and perusing its numbers.
Teams armed with cap space will be able to peruse the aisles and spend money on prime ingredients (Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin would qualify).
Hundreds of other visitors also stopped by during the morning to peruse the giant tomatoes, green peppers, sweet corn and other produce.
The 7-year-old repeatedly walked up and down the aisles, perusing the books on display on the school’s blacktop before picking three Disney princess books, including one that came with a CD.
Noah implored viewers to peruse at their own pace in this promo for the new online tool.
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Did You Know?
Peruse has long been a literary word, used by such famous authors as Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Thomas Hardy, and it tends to have a literary flavor even in our time. Peruse can suggest paying close attention to something, but it can also simply mean "to read." The "read" sense, which is not especially new and was in fact included in Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary, has drawn some criticism over the years for being too broad. Some commentators have recommended that peruse be reserved for reading with great care and attention to detail. But the fact remains that peruse is often used in situations where a simple "read" definition could be easily substituted. It may suggest either an attentive read or a quick scan.
Origin and Etymology of peruse
Middle English, to use up, deal with in sequence, from Latin per- thoroughly + Middle English usen to use
First Known Use: circa 1520See Words from the same year
PERUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peruse for English Language Learners
: to look at or read (something) in an informal or relaxed way
: to examine or read (something) in a very careful way
PERUSE Defined for Kids
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