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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
Here, a one-stop shop to peruse all of Lively’s latest fashion feats.
Montet remembers perusing paint, model cars and Balsa wood planes there as a child.
Hunters bought guns and military jackets; fishermen perused rods and reels; and shoppers took golf classes or practiced shooting at a range down in the basement.
Unlike clothes shopping, the crowdfunding platform gives you the chance to peruse a marketplace of ideas.
In the hours after losing a crushing game to the Indians on Friday, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman perused Instagram early Saturday morning.
As if the show wasn't addicting enough, Keane has enough tips on deciphering between vintage and antique to keep us busy perusing collector's shops for ages.
At the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, for instance, visitors will be invited to peruse painting, sculpture and photography tying together more than 150 years of Southern U.S. history.
Jessop recently perused the California Appellate Reports standing in long rows down one wall in his courtroom.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1520See Words from the same year
Synonymsread, pore (over)
Related Wordsbrowse, dip (into), leaf (through), scan, skim, speed-read, thumb (through), turn over; devour, gobble (up); slog (through), wade (through); reread; proofread; decipher; review, study; apprehend, comprehend, get, grasp, make, make out, perceive, see, tumble (to), understand
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