perusing


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pe·ruse

 (pə-ro͞oz′)
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perusing - reading carefully with intent to rememberperusing - reading carefully with intent to remember
reading - the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"
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References in classic literature ?
Upon perusing this she turned scarlet, and bit her lip.
Sam left it with the landlady, and was returning to pull his master's boots off, after drying himself by the kitchen fire, when glancing casually through a half-opened door, he was arrested by the sight of a gentleman with a sandy head who had a large bundle of newspapers lying on the table before him, and was perusing the leading article of one with a settled sneer which curled up his nose and all other features into a majestic expression of haughty contempt.
Pickwick, slightly embarrassed by the question, 'the fact is, I have been so much engaged in other ways, that I really have not had an opportunity of perusing them.'
'Miss Grey,' said she, one evening, a month before the all-important day, as I was perusing a long and extremely interesting letter of my sister's--which I had just glanced at in the morning to see that it contained no very bad news, and kept till now, unable before to find a quiet moment for reading it,--'Miss Grey, do put away that dull, stupid letter, and listen to me!
It turned out he had been chief mate of her for the two preceding voyages; and I was already familiar with his handwriting in the old log-books I had been perusing in my cabin with a natural curiosity, looking up the records of my new ship's luck, of her behaviour, of the good times she had had, and of the troubles she had escaped.
His gentleman alone took the opportunity of perusing the newspaper before he laid it by his master's desk.
Behind a desk, sat two old gentleman with powdered heads: one of whom was reading the newspaper; while the other was perusing, with the aid of a pair of tortoise-shell spectacles, a small piece of parchment which lay before him.
After perusing their files, the DPP said he was convinced there was sufficient evidence to charge the suspects with 10 counts of tax evasion.
NAB was thoroughly perusing the verdicts of Supreme Court and committed to proceed as per law.
NAB is thoroughly perusing the Judgments of Supreme Court of Pakistan and committed to proceed as per law.
After perusing the record, the CJP remarked that NAB should think that its purpose should not be other than preparing and filing solid evidence.
Apple is perusing methods of adding camera hardware to its Apple Watch lineup, focusing on systems that don't use embedding image capturing equipment, according to AppleInsider, citing a patent granted to Apple by the U.S.