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[ahy-tin-uh-reyt, ih-tin-]
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verb (used without object), i·tin·er·at·ed, i·tin·er·at·ing.
  1. to go from place to place, especially in a regular circuit, as a preacher or judge.
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Origin of itinerate

1590–1600; < Late Latin itinerātus, past participle of itinerārī to travel, equivalent to Latin itiner- (stem of iter) journey (see iter) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsi·tin·er·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Blessed be God, I have been strengthened to itinerate and preach daily for some time.

    George Whitefield

    Joseph Belcher

  • He did not itinerate so largely as most of the great Welsh preachers.

    Christmas Evans

    Paxton Hood

  • My work at present is evidently to translate; hereafter I may itinerate.

  • What's happened to you, since you used to itinerate with the Iroquois Extract of Life?

    The Clarion

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • In 1789 he quitted the seafaring life, and commenced to itinerate for subscribers to enable him to publish his poems.

British Dictionary definitions for itinerate


  1. (intr) to travel from place to place
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Derived Formsitineration, noun
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Word Origin and History for itinerate


c.1600, from Late Latin itineratus, past participle of itinerare "to travel" (see itinerant). Especially "to travel from place to place preaching" (1775). Related: Itinerated; itinerating.

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