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To read something quickly

glance

verb

to read something quickly and not very carefully

skim

verb

to read something quickly and not very carefully

flick through

to turn the pages of a book, magazine, newspaper etc very quickly looking at some of the pages for a very short time

look at

to read something quickly so that you can give an opinion on it

run down

to quickly read everything on a list

browse

verb

to look at information or pictures in a book or magazine, without looking for anything in particular

look through

to read something quickly, especially to find the information you need

leaf through

to turn the pages of a book or a pile of papers quickly and without looking at them carefully

run/cast your eye(s) over something

to look at or read something very quickly

run through

to explain or to read something quickly

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