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pronunciation:
braUz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: browsed, browses, browsing
definition 1: to graze or feed on.
Cattle are browsing the grass.
synonyms:
graze
similar words:
eat, nibble
definition 2: to look through (a book, magazine, or the like) in a leisurely way.
antonyms:
pore
similar words:
leaf through, scan, skim, thumb
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to graze or feed on growing plants.
synonyms:
graze, pasture
similar words:
eat, feed, nibble
definition 2: to examine items in a leisurely way.
I'm just browsing, not shopping.
synonyms:
poke around
similar words:
shop, window-shop
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part of speech: noun
definition: new plant growth, such as shoots, leaves, and the like, that is suitable for grazing.
similar words:
grass, shoots
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derivation: browser (n.)
Word History
Browse comes from a French word that means "a bud or sprout." In the 1400s, the English word "browse" meant "to graze." Grazing animals tend to nibble at the young, more tender parts of plants. Browse was first used to mean "look through a book casually or slowly" in the 1800s. When one browses through a book, it is as though one is slowly eating or nibbling lightly.
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