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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from early French brouster, from broust 'bud, shoot'

browse

verb
     
Related topics: Computers
browse
1 [intransitive] to look through the pages of a book, magazine etc without a particular purpose, just looking at the most interesting parts
browse through
Jon was browsing through the photographs.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to look at the goods in a shop without wanting to buy any particular thing
browse around
The trip allows you plenty of time for browsing around the shops.
tourists browsing the boutiques and souvenir stalls
3TD [intransitive and transitive] to search for information on a computer or on the Internet:
a feature that allows you to browse your hard drive and choose the graphic you want to display
4 [intransitive] if a goat, deer etc browses, it eats plants
browse noun [singular]
We had a quick browse around the shops.

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