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

 

peruse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peruse
BrE BrE//pəˈruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːz//
 
he / she / it peruses
BrE BrE//pəˈruːzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːzɪz//
 
past simple perused
BrE BrE//pəˈruːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːzd//
 
past participle perused
BrE BrE//pəˈruːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːzd//
 
-ing form perusing
BrE BrE//pəˈruːzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈruːzɪŋ//
 
 
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peruse something (formal or humorous) to read something, especially in a careful way A copy of the report is available for you to peruse at your leisure. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘use up, wear out’): perhaps from per- ‘thoroughly’ + use, but compare with Anglo-Norman French peruser ‘examine’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peruse