Definition of browse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    browse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//braʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//braʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they browse
    BrE BrE//braʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//braʊz//
     
    he / she / it browses
    BrE BrE//ˈbraʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraʊzɪz//
     
    past simple browsed
    BrE BrE//braʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//braʊzd//
     
    past participle browsed
    BrE BrE//braʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//braʊzd//
     
    -ing form browsing
    BrE BrE//ˈbraʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraʊzɪŋ//
     
    Shopping in stores, Using the Internet
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to look at a lot of things in a shop/store rather than looking for one particular thing You are welcome to come in and browse. browse something She browsed the shelves for something interesting to read. See related entries: Shopping in stores
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] browse (through) something to look through the pages of a book, newspaper, etc. without reading everything I found the article while I was browsing through some old magazines. browse through the catalogue
  3. 3 [intransitive, transitive] browse (something) (computing) to look for or to look at information on a computer, especially on the Internet or a specific website I spent the whole evening just browsing on the Internet. I browsed the website for information about the event but didn’t find anything useful. Wordfinderaccess, blog, browse, chat, google, navigate, search engine, unsubscribe, visit, the Web See related entries: Using the Internet
  4. 4[intransitive] browse (on something) (of cows, goats, etc.) to eat leaves, etc. that are growing high up
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (4)): from Old French broster, from brost ‘young shoot’, probably of Germanic origin.

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