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Line breaks: cir¦cum|am¦bu|late
Pronunciation: /ˌsəːkəmˈambjʊleɪt

Definition of circumambulate in English:


[with object] formal
Walk all the way round: they used to circumambulate the perimeter wall
More example sentences
  • We walked barefoot and circumambulated the outer walls of the temple.
  • The temple is crowded with a number of people, most of them with prayer wheels in their hands, circumambulating the sanctum.
  • They will circumambulate the stadium once and then take the torches to the cauldron.



Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • On entering the temple, the guru performs three circumambulations along with the goddess seated in a golden chariot.
  • Each year in winter there is a four-day ritual circumambulation of the mountain by thousands of pilgrims who visit sites of myth and legend.
  • It is said that if you make 21 circumambulations of this temple your problems will be solved and your desires fulfilled.


Example sentences
  • The outer circumambulatory path leads one to the Ambal shrine.
  • Taller rectangular slabs were used to fence off circumambulatory paths surrounding the stupa.
  • In the temple are circumambulatory vaulted corridors.

Words that rhyme with circumambulate

ambulate, perambulate

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