Peruse Pe*ruse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perusing}.] [Pref. per- + use.] 1. To observe; to examine with care. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Myself I then perused, and limb by limb Surveyed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To read through; to read carefully. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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