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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Conveniently, Grey’s brother, Lord Melton, happens to be perambulating with Geneva and Isobel while Grey and Jamie are talking. Roxane Gay, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2017

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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