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[sur-kuh m-am-byuh-leyt] /ˌsɜr kəmˈæm byəˌleɪt/
verb (used with or without object), circumambulated, circumambulating.
to walk or go about or around, especially ceremoniously.
Origin of circumambulate
First recorded in 1650-60, circumambulate is from the Late Latin word circumambulātus (past participle of circumambulāre). See circum-, ambulate
Related forms
circumambulation, noun
circumambulator, noun
circumambulatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for circumambulate
Historical Examples
  • They kneel, clasp their hands, circumambulate the Buddha and file out.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • Is this me, around whom children ran, as they would about a pillar or a monument, and thought it exercise to circumambulate?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Do thou, therefore, circumambulate that great hero cheerfully.

British Dictionary definitions for circumambulate


to walk around (something)
(intransitive) to avoid the point
Derived Forms
circumambulation, noun
circumambulator, noun
circumambulatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin circum- + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for circumambulate

1650s, from Latin circumambulatus, past participle of circumambulare "to walk around," from circum "around" (see circum-) + ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Related: Circumambulated; circumambulating; circumambulation.

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