An example of peruse is to read through the classified ads in a newspaper.
- Obs. to examine in detail; scrutinize
- to read carefully or thoroughly; study
- to read in a casual or leisurely way
Origin of peruseLate Middle English perusen, to use up, probably ; from Classical Latin per-, intensive + Middle English usen, to use
transitive verbpe·rused, pe·rus·ing, pe·rus·es
- To read or examine, typically with great care.
- Usage Problem To glance over; skim.
Origin of peruseMiddle English perusen, to use up : Latin per-, per- + Middle English usen, to use; see use.
(third-person singular simple present peruses, present participle perusing, simple past and past participle perused)
- The sense of "skimming" is proscribed by some authorities on usage, including the Oxford American Dictionary. The shift, however, is not dissimilar to that found in scan. The Oxford English Dictionary further notes that the word was used as a general synonym for read as far back as the 16th century.