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Mar 19, 2013
This week's theme
Contranyms or words with an opposite set of meanings

This week's words
secrete
peruse
second-guess
discursive
impregnable

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peruse

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-ROOZ)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To read or examine with great care.
2. To read or examine in a casual manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin per- (thoroughly) + Middle English usen (to use). Earliest documented use: 1475.

USAGE:
"The paper ... is now being perused by a committee, where it could be stuck for weeks or months."
The Islamists Reap a Reward; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 22, 2011.

"Writers can peruse Sitka's online catalog and enroll in courses."
Melissa Hart; Country Home; The Writer (Waukesha, Wisconsin); Mar 2013.

See more usage examples of peruse in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy -- sun, wind and tide. ... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. -Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)

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