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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peruseverb

    examine or consider with attention and in detail

    "Please peruse this report at your leisure"


  1. perusenoun

    An examination or perusal; an instance of perusing.

  2. peruseverb

    To examine or consider with care.

  3. peruseverb

    To read completely.

  4. peruseverb

    To look over casually; to skim.

  5. peruseverb

    To go from place to place; to wander.

  6. Etymology: From per-+use, from either (peruti, perusitare) or (peruser), originally leading two concurrent meanings, but only those derived from "to examine" survive today.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERUSEverb

    Etymology: per and use.

    Peruse this writing here, and thou shalt know
    The treason. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    The petitions being thus prepared, do you constantly set apart an hour in a day to peruse those petitions. Francis Bacon.

    Carefully observe, whether he tastes the distinguishing perfections or the specifick qualities of the author whom he peruses. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 409.

    I hear the enemy;
    Out some light horsemen, and peruse their wings. William Shakespeare.

    I’ve perus’d her well;
    Beauty and honour in her are so mingled,
    That they have caught the king. William Shakespeare.

    Myself I then perus’d, and limb by limb
    Survey’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peruseverb

    to observe; to examine with care

  2. Peruseverb

    to read through; to read carefully

  3. Etymology: [Pref. per- + use.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peruse

    per-ūz′, or per-ōōz′, v.t. to read attentively: to examine carefully or in detail.—ns. Perusal (per-ūz′al, or per-ōōz′al), the act of perusing: careful examination: study: reading; Perus′er. [Formed from L. per, thoroughly, uti, usum, to use.]

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  1. purees

  2. purées

  3. rupees

  4. respue

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peruse in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peruse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of peruse in a Sentence

  1. Randy Frederick:

    I think we might see some volatility this week as investors peruse statements from the Fed officials as they look for more clarity and signals.

  2. Brad Burns:

    The data on our webpages will now be encrypted, making it significantly harder for third parties to penetrate, now, our community members can peruse our site even more safely, knowing they have that extra layer of security.

  3. Robert Popper:

    People buy, use and peruse these voter lists all the time.

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Translations for peruse

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  • pročíst, prozkoumat, přelétnout, prostudovat, přečíst, prohlédnoutCzech
  • überfliegen, studieren, lesen, genau unter die Lupe nehmen, durchlesenGerman
  • μελετώ, εξετάζωGreek
  • leer atentamente, examinarSpanish
  • مطالعه کردنPersian
  • [[lukea]] [[huolellisesti]], tutkia, tutkimus, tarkasteluFinnish
  • examen, jeter un coup d'œil, examinerFrench
  • aalhaihManx
  • सोचनाHindi
  • elolvas, végigolvas, átolvasHungarian
  • membaca dgn telitiIndonesian
  • lesa, lesa gaumgæfilegaIcelandic
  • לִקְרוֹא בְּעִיוּןHebrew
  • [[zorgvuldig]] [[onderzoeken]]Dutch
  • ler, todo, examinarPortuguese
  • просматривать, рассматривать, рассмотреть, просмотреть, изучить, прочитать, изучать, прочитыватьRussian
  • preštudovať, preskúmaťSlovak
  • عقلUrdu
  • 细读Chinese

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. muddle
    • B. pluck
    • C. hypernym
    • D. ternion

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