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tr.v. pe·rused, pe·rus·ing, pe·rus·es
1. To read or examine, typically with great care.
2. Usage Problem To glance over; skim.

[Middle English perusen, to use up : Latin per-, per- + Middle English usen, to use; see use.]

pe·rus′a·ble adj.
pe·rus′al n.
pe·rus′er n.
Usage Note: Peruse has long meant "to read thoroughly," as in He perused the contract until he was satisfied that it met all of his requirements, which was acceptable to 75 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2011 survey. But the word is often used more loosely, to mean simply "to read," as in The librarians checked to see which titles had been perused in the last month and which ones had been left untouched. Seventy percent of the Panel rejected this example in 1999, but only 39 percent rejected it in 2011. Further extension of the word to mean "to glance over, skim" has traditionally been considered an error, but our ballot results suggest that it is becoming somewhat more acceptable. When asked about the sentence I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly, 66 percent of the Panel found it unacceptable in 1988, 58 percent in 1999, and 48 percent in 2011. Use of the word outside of reading contexts, as in We perused the shops in the downtown area, is often considered a mistake.
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His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned peruser of their opinions.
The diagram is encircled to educate the peruser about the item/administration, its applications in a few end-client businesses, and the creation and the board of the equivalent.
The degree of MTT diminishment to formazan inside cells was computed by absorbance measurement at 570 nm, utilizing a smaller scale plate peruser (Spectra Max in addition, Molecular Devices, CA, USA).
Their organization just discharged the Samsung E65 digital book peruser recently.
upon this practice as an impertinent anticipation of the peruser's
TO THE FRIENDLY PERUSER. Gentlemen, Cittizens, Rustickes, or quis non, I haue boldly put into your hands, a Historical discourse, acted by the boyes of the Reuels, which perchaunce in part was sometime acted more naturally in the Citty, if not in the hole.
But while it's impossible to know for sure what drove them to do what they did, it's clear from looking at some of the faces peering out from the aged pages that there's something dark lurking behind the eyes that no amount of morbid curiosity on behalf of the casual peruser would wish to disturb.
Further, each user maintains a unique connection with the cloud, enabling content and advertising delivery on a peruser basis."
inWebo is a SaaS provider, selling the service on a peruser basis.
providing feedback to peers (Marker), receiving feedback from peers (Receiver) and reviewing other students' work online (Peruser) were beneficial to their learning.
"Banksy, would Farmer Morebottle, the Lawnmower Salesman, the Byreman and other inhabitants of Godzone favour the return of the cash-strapped Berwick Borough Council?" asked David Woodard, county councillor for Pegswood and a regular peruser of my prose ("for the politics," he claims).