[ sur-kuhm-am-byuh-leyt ]
/ 藢s蓽r k蓹m藞忙m by蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with or without object), cir路cum路am路bu路lat路ed, cir路cum路am路bu路lat路ing.
to walk or go about or around, especially ceremoniously.
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Origin of circumambulate

First recorded in 1650鈥60, circumambulate is from the Late Latin word circumambul膩tus (past participle of circumambul膩re). See circum-, ambulate

OTHER WORDS FROM circumambulate

cir路cum路am路bu路la路tion, nouncir路cum路am路bu路la路tor, nouncir路cum路am路bu路la路to路ry, adjective
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How to use circumambulate in a sentence

  • Do thou, therefore, circumambulate that great hero cheerfully.

  • 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
  • They kneel, clasp their hands, circumambulate the Buddha and file out.

    The Buddha|Paul Carus
  • Round this there is a dark and narrow passage which pilgrims circumambulate.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa|Edmund Candler

British Dictionary definitions for circumambulate

/ (藢s蓽藧k蓹m藞忙mbj蕣藢le瑟t) /

to walk around (something)
(intr) to avoid the point

Derived forms of circumambulate

circumambulation, nouncircumambulator, nouncircumambulatory, adjective

Word Origin for circumambulate

C17: from Late Latin circum- + ambul膩re to walk
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