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  • n. studying something carefully
  • v. Present participle of peruse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. reading carefully with intent to remember


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • There's no shame in perusing the local Wally world at 3am, especially if you enjoy night-fishing.

    He Said Wal-Mart, She Said Target

  • We represent a number of large record companies, including SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, as well as all of their subsidiaries ( "Record Companies,") in perusing claims of copyright infringement against individuals who have illegally uploaded or downloaded sound-recordings on peer-to-peer networks.

    Boing Boing

  • I have never yet felt the desire to study French novels of an erotic type; but if I ever do feel it, I shall have no hesitation whatever in perusing them in public – even on the top of a 'bus.

    Marriage as a Trade

  • When in-doors, and disposed to read, he took much pleasure in perusing the poems of Robert Buchanan and Miss

    The Poems of Henry Timrod.

  • Assassination is a crime which seems to have peculiarly and invariably the curse of Heaven upon it; for in perusing the annals of the world we find it has not only not been followed by success, but it has been usually a fatal blow to the cause in support of which the murderer has done the deed.

    Obituary of Eminent Persons

  • It is natural for us to be very much pleased in perusing a wise and kind letter, full of instruction and comfort, sent to us by an absent friend: how then should we prize this part of holy scripture, when we consider herein that our God and Saviour has written these letters to us, in which we have the great things of his law and gospel, the things that belong to our peace!

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • It doesn’t take long in perusing the comments on any news site (see, e.g.,

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Anonymous Comments and Modern Tort Law and Antidiscrimination Law 

  • Not that perusing is bad, but you’ll never actually finish and you’ll bring home 153 collected books of journals.

    Research Sources for Writers: A Guide to Backing up Your Words | Write to Done

  • Skeeter was about to step out into the open to join him in "perusing" the menu when Kit Carson, Malcolm Moore, and-of all people-Margo Smith showed up, chatting animatedly.

    Wagers of Sin

  • Hennes and MccRory said they're emphasizing other options, such as perusing the county library's selections online, and a fledgling books-by-mail program aimed at the housebound. - News :


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