cir·​cum·​am·​bu·​late | \-ˈam-byə-ˌlāt \
circumambulated; circumambulating

Definition of circumambulate 

transitive verb

: to circle on foot especially ritualistically

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circumambulation \ -​ˌam-​byə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun

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An aerial view of Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Grand Mosque in September 2017. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Chinese Surveillance Expands to Muslims Making Mecca Pilgrimage," 31 July 2018 Hajj pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the center of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Aug. 22, 2017. Laignee Barron, Time, "'A Revolutionary Moment.' Activist Mona Eltahawy Talks Sexual Assault, Self-Defense and #MosqueMeToo," 7 Mar. 2018 The minimum of wall text is an invitation to circumambulate. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "The Muse Turned Master," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of circumambulate

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumambulate

Late Latin circumambulatus, past participle of circumambulare, from Latin circum- + ambulare to walk

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