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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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  • A few minutes more were spent in perambulation, when he threw himself into the chair.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Continuing their perambulation, they reached the present site of Waterloo-bridge.

  • That is why a perambulation of the stalls is as perilous as to pick one's way through hot ploughshares.

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne
  • Bertie paused in his perambulation of the little room, and stared at him.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • It came from the direction of the flagship; and Tickle, the officer of the watch in the Belligerent, paused in his perambulation.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • Dalston registers not only supply this information, but a description of the ceremony of perambulation.

  • The boys pattered off, and the lieutenant resumed his perambulation.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • During our perambulation we came to some machinery and bulkheads, etcetera, which were dingy in colour.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • Eye-witnesses asserted later that the general inattention had verged on the scandalous during the perambulation of the Grand Duke.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • Beating the Bounds, the periodical survey or perambulation by which the boundaries of parishes in England are preserved.

British Dictionary definitions for perambulation


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 perambulation

mid-15c., from Anglo-Latin (c.1300) and Anglo-French perambulacion, from Medieval Latin perambulationem (nominative perambulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perambulare (see 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.

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