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perambulate

[per-am-byuh-leyt] /pərˈæm byəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), perambulated, perambulating.
1.
to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
2.
to traverse in order to examine or inspect.
verb (used without object), perambulated, perambulating.
3.
to walk or travel about; stroll.
Origin of perambulate
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin perambulātus past participle of perambulāre to walk through. See per-, ambulate
Related forms
perambulation, noun
perambulatory
[per-am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pərˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
3. saunter, promenade, amble, mosey, meander, ramble.
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Examples from the Web for perambulate
Historical Examples
  • But never a salary day that the "white specter" did not perambulate.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • If you will perambulate with me, I will present you to the bunch.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • During the year they perambulate the country, drumming up pilgrims.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • So after lunch I asked her to perambulate with me; and we perambulated.

    The Hall and the Grange Archibald Marshall
  • His pleasing way is to perambulate the cars, leaving samples of his wares on all the seats and afterwards calling for orders.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • At one time he was chosen among the selectmen to perambulate the town lines—an old annual custom.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • And so Robert was bowed out, to perambulate the streets in rather bitter humour.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • The members sometimes "perambulate the village, headed by the band of the Mangotsfield detachment of the Bristol Rifles."

  • The barber pointed out that it was no longer easy, as in the past, to perambulate the city without exciting suspicion.

    Carry On! Herbert Strang
  • In one of the cable tramway cars which, at a reverential pace, perambulate the city of Edinburgh, two citizens conversed.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for perambulate

perambulate

/pəˈræmbjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to walk about (a place)
2.
(transitive) to walk round in order to inspect
Derived Forms
perambulation, noun
perambulatory (pəˈræmbjʊlətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perambulāre to traverse, from per through + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for perambulate
v.

1560s, from Latin perambulatus, past participle of perambulare "to walk through, go through, ramble through," from per- "through" (see per) + ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Related: Perambulated; perambulating.

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