[ sur-kuhm-am-byuh-leyt ]
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verb (used with or without object),cir·cum·am·bu·lat·ed, cir·cum·am·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to walk or go about or around, especially ceremoniously.

Origin of circumambulate

First recorded in 1650–60, circumambulate is from the Late Latin word circumambulātus (past participle of circumambulāre). See circum-, ambulate

Other words from circumambulate

  • cir·cum·am·bu·la·tion, noun
  • cir·cum·am·bu·la·tor, noun
  • cir·cum·am·bu·la·to·ry, adjective

Words Nearby circumambulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈæmbjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. to walk around (something)

  2. (intr) to avoid the point

Origin of circumambulate

C17: from Late Latin circum- + ambulāre to walk

Derived forms of circumambulate

  • circumambulation, noun
  • circumambulator, noun
  • circumambulatory, adjective

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