transitive verb per·lus·trate \(ˌ)pərˈləˌstrāt\

Definition of perlustrate


  1. :  to go through and examine thoroughly :  survey perlustrate a building

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Origin and Etymology of perlustrate

Latin perlustratus, past participle of perlustrare, from per- through + lustrare to traverse, survey, lustrate, brighten — more at per-, lustrate

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capable of being understood in two ways

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