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English definition of “peruse”

peruse

verb [T] uk   /pəˈruːz/ formal us  
to read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in: He opened a newspaper and began to peruse the personal ads.
perusal
noun [S or U] uk   /-ˈruː.zəl/ formal us  
a brief perusal (= a quick read) He sent a copy of the report to the governors for their perusal (= for them to read).
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