One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘returning to the main street, I browsed among the many little shops I found there’
look around, look round, have a look, window-shop, peruse
2‘Stella browsed through the newspaper’
scan, skim, glance, look, run one's eye over, have a look at, peruse, give something a once-over, give something the once-over
thumb, leaf, flip, flick, run, dip into
3‘three cows were browsing at the far end of the meadow’
graze, feed, eat, nibble, crop, pasture, ruminate
1‘this brochure is well worth a browse’
scan, read, skim, leaf, flick through, glance, look
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