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verb (used with object), per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
  2. to traverse in order to examine or inspect.
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verb (used without object), per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to walk or travel about; stroll.
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Origin of perambulate

1560–70; < Latin perambulātus past participle of perambulāre to walk through. See per-, ambulate
Related formsper·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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Historical Examples

  • He pulled down the window-blinds, and began afresh his perambulation to and fro.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • We ended our perambulation of the town, by going to the opera at night.

  • No mention of this is made by Lambarde in his Perambulation of Kent.

  • Continuing their perambulation, they reached the present site of Waterloo-bridge.

  • The boys pattered off, and the lieutenant resumed his perambulation.

    Pincher Martin, O.D.

    H. Taprell Dorling

British Dictionary definitions for perambulation


  1. to walk about (a place)
  2. (tr) to walk round in order to inspect
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Derived Formsperambulation, nounperambulatory (pəˈræmbjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin perambulāre to traverse, from per through + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for perambulation


mid-15c., from Anglo-Latin (c.1300) and Anglo-French perambulacion, from Medieval Latin perambulationem (nominative perambulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perambulare (see perambulate).

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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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