[ 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

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

Other words for perambulate

Other words from perambulate

  • per·am·bu·la·tion, noun
  • per·am·bu·la·to·ry [per-am-byuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /pərˈæm byə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perambulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perambulate


/ (pəˈræmbjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. to walk about (a place)

  2. (tr) to walk round in order to inspect

Origin of perambulate

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

Derived forms of perambulate

  • perambulation, noun
  • perambulatory (pəˈræmbjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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