per·​am·​bu·​late | \ pə-ˈram-byə-ˌlāt How to pronounce perambulate (audio) \
perambulated; perambulating

Definition of perambulate

transitive verb

1 : to travel over or through especially on foot : traverse
2 : to make an official inspection of (a boundary) on foot

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Other Words from perambulate

perambulation \ pə-​ˌram-​byə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce perambulate (audio) \ noun
perambulatory \ pə-​ˈram-​byə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce perambulate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of perambulate in a Sentence

we decided to lazily perambulate the entire length of the esplanade and enjoy the fresh air long summer evenings spent perambulating up and down the tree-lined streets of the quaint village
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First Known Use of perambulate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for perambulate

Latin perambulatus, past participle of perambulare, from per- through + ambulare to walk

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“Perambulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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