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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
How to watch it: An American version of First Dates is on NBC, while the British show can only be seen by perusing YouTube clips.
Anyone perusing the archives years from now trying to identify the most significant times in San Antonio sports isn’t likely to spend a great deal of time on the developments of 2017.
Twentieth Century Fox has been communicating with the museum since 2009, Maher said, and filmmakers have visited the museum to peruse the archives and artifacts.
Among the sources Waldseemüller and Ringmann perused were letters written by the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
To learn more about Luther’s contribution to Christianity and the development of the modern world, peruse these 10 fascinating facts about his life and legacy.
If there was a lack of things to look at (with the caliber of this crowd, there certainly wasn’t) guests could peruse a collection of landmark photography from the Vogue archives which lined the walls.
That said, perusing Etsy for other fun decorative details can't hurt.
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and one complimentary drink while perusing a display of original and custom art.
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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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