circumambulate [sur-k uh m- am-by uh-leyt] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for circumambulate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with or without object), cir·cum·am·bu·lat·ed, cir·cum·am·bu·lat·ing. to walk or go about or around, especially ceremoniously. Origin of circumambulate
First recorded in
is from the
(past participle of
ambulate Related forms cir·cum·am·bu·la·tion, noun cir·cum·am·bu·la·tor, noun cir·cum·am·bu·la·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for circumambulate drift
sweep Examples from the Web for circumambulate Historical Examples of circumambulate
They kneel, clasp their hands,
circumambulate the Buddha and file out.
Is this me, around whom children ran, as they would about a pillar or a monument, and thought it exercise to
Do thou, therefore,
circumambulate that great hero cheerfully. British Dictionary definitions for circumambulate to walk around (something) (intr) to avoid the point Derived Forms circumambulation, noun circumambulator, noun circumambulatory, adjective Word Origin for circumambulate
C17: from Late Latin
circum- + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for circumambulate v.
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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