peruse was our Word of the Day on 09/20/2015. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
On November 23, 2016, shortly after President Trump’s election, Huffman was at his desk, in San Francisco, perusing the site.
Phyllis Lambert escaped her job restoring the Biltmore in the quiet of his shelves, and Marcus Crahan, coroner for L.A. County, perused the collection for cookbooks.
Add the draw of works of 100 local artists displayed throughout the gallery, which attendees perused before and after the show, and the events fill the gallery to capacity.
Top bloggers Chiara Casiraghi and Hannah Swiggard perused the chipper offerings alongside expertly undone clotheshorses Tatiana Massey and Chris Goins.
Needless to say, Nick Saban and Clay Helton weren’t perusing the board for candidates—in spite of the free Dos Equis coupons one enterprising quality control assistant had attached to his résumé.
After about 60 minutes of perusing the University of Utah study, my thoughts went from haughty outrage to diligent introspection.
Visitors can peruse more than 280 RVs, including folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers and more.
While adults peruse the farm’s for-sale produce, honey and other local products, children (or adults, for that matter) can enjoy diversions such as petting farm animals and getting lost in hay mazes.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'peruse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up peruse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).