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[per-am-byuh-leyt] /pərˈæm byəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), perambulated, perambulating.
to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
to traverse in order to examine or inspect.
verb (used without object), perambulated, perambulating.
to walk or travel about; stroll.
Origin of perambulate
1560-70; < Latin perambulātus past participle of perambulāre to walk through. See per-, ambulate
Related forms
perambulation, noun
[per-am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pərˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
3. saunter, promenade, amble, mosey, meander, ramble. Unabridged
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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


to walk about (a place)
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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