Definition of perambulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈrambyəˌlāt/


[no object] formal
1Walk or travel through or around a place or area, especially for pleasure and in a leisurely way: he grew weary of perambulating over rough countryside in bad weather [with object]: she perambulated the square
More example sentences
  • Over the weekend I had a chance to perambulate properly in cyberspace.
  • The added handicap is that runners have to dodge the horse dung as they perambulate down the track.
  • Unspoken but understood was that we wanted a community small enough to perambulate but that also had DSL.
1.1 [with object] British historical Walk around (a parish, forest, etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries.



Pronunciation: /pəˌrambyəˈlāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • At night, no one is allowed to walk around the camp without a guide, in case they bump into one of the enormous hippos that stroll past the chalets during their nocturnal perambulations from river to bush.
  • Yet despite being saddle-sore (I refused to use a specially inflatable seat cover printed with Dennis the Menace's face) and walking like John Wayne, I actually started to enjoy my regular daily perambulations.
  • In his perambulations around the city he comes across as a sort of explorer and courier between one block of cultural information and the next.


Pronunciation: /pəˈrambyələˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • He completely ruined the naturalness of candid cinematography by goofily looking into the lens as it filmed each shuffling step of his perambulatory progress.
  • The setting was an austere series of steel framed towers and perambulatory inserts, which appeared whenever the plot reared its ugly head, but otherwise left the stage clear for the dancing.
  • He hadn't the same depth of body either; while the lab coat made it difficult to discern his exact form, he at least didn't appear to be a perambulatory egg.


Late Middle English: from Latin perambulat- 'walked around', from the verb perambulare, from per- 'all over' + ambulare 'to walk'.

Words that rhyme with perambulate

ambulate, circumambulate

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Syllabification: per·am·bu·late

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