Meaning of “browse” in the English Dictionary

"browse" in British English

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browseverb

uk /braʊz/ us /braʊz/

browse verb (LOOK)

B2 [ I ] to look through a book or magazine without reading everything, or to walk around a shop looking at several things without intending to buy any of them:

I was browsing through fashion magazines to find a new hairstyle.
"Are you looking for anything in particular, sir?" "No, I'm just browsing."

More examples

  • The man at the station kiosk doesn't like people browsing through the magazines.
  • When I was browsing in the bestsellers section, I found that book you were telling me about.
  • I don't like going into clothes shops where they don't leave you in peace to browse.
  • Several knowledgeable-looking people were browsing among the plants on display and noting things down in notebooks.
  • Do you need any help or shall I leave you to browse for a while?

browse verb (COMPUTING)

B2 [ I or T ] to look at information on the internet:

to browse the Web

More examples

  • It's too expensive to spend time browsing the Web if you are paying per minute.
  • I found your site while browsing the Web and was very impressed.
  • You would find it much quicker and easier to browse and download and so on if you had a broadband connection.
  • Trying browsing the net for specialist organizations who can provide additional information.
  • She showed me how to scroll down when browsing through a large document.

browsenoun [ S ]

uk /braʊz/ us /braʊz/ mainly UK

(Definition of “browse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"browse" in American English

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browseverb [ I/T ]

us /brɑʊz/

to look at or through something to see what is there:

[ I ] I browsed in a bookstore until she showed up.
[ T ] You can browse the library’s computerized card catalog.

(Definition of “browse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"browse" in Business English

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browseverb [ I or T ]

uk /braʊz/ us

to look through a book or magazine without reading everything, or to walk around a store looking at things without intending to buy anything, or without knowing exactly what you want to buy:

browse through sth I was browsing through the magazine when I saw their ad.
"Are you looking for anything in particular, madam?" "No, I'm just browsing."

INTERNET to look at information on the internet:

to browse the Web
Before we made a decision we spent hours browsing various websites.

(Definition of “browse” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)