American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To read or examine, typically with great care.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go through searchingly or carefully; run over with careful scrutiny; examine throughout or in detail; inspect; survey; scan; scrutinize.
- To read through carefully or with attention.
- n. An examination or perusal; an instance of perusing.
- v. transitive To examine or consider with care.
- v. transitive To read completely.
- v. transitive, informal To look over casually; to skim.
- v. intransitive, regional To go from place to place; to wander.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To observe; to examine with care.
- v. To read through; to read carefully.
- v. examine or consider with attention and in detail
- From per-+use, from either Medieval Latin (peruti, perusitare ("wear out")) or Anglo-Norman (peruser ("use up")), originally leading two concurrent meanings, but only those derived from "to examine" survive today. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English perusen, to use up : Latin per-, per- + Middle English usen, to use; see use. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Navy Captain John Murphy, the lead prosecutor, told the court it was standard practice for the guards to "peruse" written material after a detainee spoke with his attorneys "for force protection.”
“Live pictures, again, you see the airboat right there as they kind of peruse these neighborhoods that are now been flooded with these rivers of water looking for folks to rescue.”
“However, "peruse" actually has the opposite meaning.”
“[Footnote A: It was Miss Wooler who taught Charlotte to "peruse".]”
“I, for one, always thought "peruse" was a rough synonym for”
“If you would like to "peruse" another article, perhaps you might be interested in my previous article.”
“On the 22nd June the Chamberlain was instructed to prepare with all convenient speed four dozen good _splentes_ and as many good _sallettes_ or _sculles_ for the city’s use, and to cause a bowyer to "peruse" the city’s bows and to put them in such good order that they might be serviceable when required. (”
“You love to peruse their status updates online, but just as a diet of only candy leaves you craving a real meal, those updates are meant to tide you over between interactions.”
“Those celebs who had not yet decided on their final gowns could peruse fashion designer Shekhar Rahate's haute couture Oscar collection, baubles from Amyn of Jewelry on 7th and purses from Timmy Woods handbags.”
“I think I'll have to peruse the Kick Starter website ... jason b also, im kinda thinking this is THE definition of independant filmaking. like maybe what Sundance/the Spirit awards/project greenlight/etc USE to be about. sadly those days are long gone, but i'd like to think that there was a time when this is the energy & love for the craft that they use to support.”
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