browsing Definition

  • 1the act of looking through a book, magazine, website, etc. without a particular purpose in mind
  • 2the act of walking around a store or shopping area, looking at things without intending to buy anything

Using browsing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "browsing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I spent the afternoon browsing in the bookstore.

  • Example

    She was browsing the internet for hours.

  • Example

    We went window shopping and did some browsing in the mall.

  • Example

    He was just browsing the shelves, not really looking for anything in particular.

browsing Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with browsing

  • to look at something quickly and casually


    I like to browse through magazines while waiting for my appointment.

  • a record of the websites that a person has visited on the internet


    You can clear your browsing history to protect your privacy.

  • the activity of looking at goods displayed in shop windows without intending to buy them


    We spent the afternoon window browsing in the city center.


Summary: browsing in Brief

'Browsing' [ˈbraʊzɪŋ] refers to the act of looking through books, magazines, websites, or stores without a specific intention to buy or find something. It can be done online or in-person, as in 'I spent the afternoon browsing in the bookstore.' 'Browsing' is often associated with 'window shopping,' which means looking at goods without intending to buy them.