Definition of "browse" []

  • To inspect something leisurely and casually: browsed through the map collection for items of interest. (verb-intransitive)
  • To read something superficially by selecting passages at random: browsed through the report during lunch. (verb-intransitive)
  • To look for information on the Internet. (verb-intransitive)
  • To feed on leaves, young shoots, and other vegetation; graze. (verb-intransitive)
  • To look through or over (something) casually: browsed the newspaper; browsing the gift shops for souvenirs. (verb-transitive)
  • To look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To search for and read hypertext, esp on the internet (verb)
  • (of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling (verb)
  • The act or an instance of browsing (noun)
  • The young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "browse" in a sentence
  • "To help you out, the Finding Tablets in the database page says:In order to browse or search the tablets for more specific information, for example the texts written by the same person, texts in which a certain word, term or name occurs, or that refer to a particular subject or come from the same archaeological context, follow ‘search' or ‘browse' from the side menu."
  • "One cannot search by metadata, like keywords, but can only browse from the list of books, alphabetized by title."
  • "Even if you can't make it, a browse is recommended."