perambulate

[per-am-byuh-leyt]
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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.
verb (used without object), per·am·bu·lat·ed, per·am·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to walk or travel about; stroll.

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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perambulate

verb
  1. to walk about (a place)
  2. (tr) to walk round in order to inspect
Derived Formsperambulation, nounperambulatory (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 perambulation
n.

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).

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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