SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of perambulate 1560–70;
past participle of
to walk through. See
ambulate Related forms per·am·bu·la·tion, noun per·am·bu·la·to·ry , [per- am-by uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pərˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for perambulate Historical Examples of perambulate
But never a salary day that the "white specter" did not
If you will
perambulate with me, I will present you to the bunch.
During the year they
perambulate the country, drumming up pilgrims.
So after lunch I asked her to
perambulate with me; and we perambulated.
His pleasing way is to
perambulate the cars, leaving samples of his wares on all the seats and afterwards calling for orders. British Dictionary definitions for perambulate verb to walk about (a place) (tr) to walk round in order to inspect Derived Forms perambulation, noun perambulatory ( pəˈræmbjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective Word Origin for perambulate
C16: from Latin
perambulāre to traverse, from per through + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for perambulate v.
1560s, from Latin
perambulatus, past participle of perambulare "to walk through, go through, ramble through," from per- "through" (see per) + ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Related: Perambulated; perambulating.
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