[ per-am-byuh-leyt ]
/ pərˈæm byəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.

to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
to traverse in order to examine or inspect.

verb (used without object), per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.

to walk or travel about; stroll.



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Origin of perambulate

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin perambulātus, past participle of perambulāre “to walk through”; see origin at per-, ambulate

OTHER WORDS FROM perambulate

per·am·bu·la·tion, nounper·am·bu·la·to·ry [per-am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /pərˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perambulate

/ (pəˈræmbjʊˌleɪt) /


to walk about (a place)
(tr) to walk round in order to inspect

Derived forms of perambulate

perambulation, nounperambulatory (pəˈræmbjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for perambulate

C16: from Latin perambulāre to traverse, from per through + ambulāre to walk
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