Definition of perambulate in English:



[NO OBJECT]humorous, formal
  • 1 Walk or travel through or round a place:

    ‘the locals perambulate up and down the thoroughfare’
    [with object] ‘she perambulated the square’
    • ‘The added handicap is that runners have to dodge the horse dung as they perambulate down the track.’
    • ‘Over the weekend I had a chance to perambulate properly in cyberspace.’
    • ‘The narrow opening supported a child's body and encouraged children to perambulate by keeping them from sitting down or crawling.’
    • ‘Unspoken but understood was that we wanted a community small enough to perambulate but that also had DSL.’
    • ‘Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I will be briskly perambulating.’
    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip
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    1. 1.1British historical [with object] Walk round (a parish, forest, etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries:
      ‘commissioners were appointed to perambulate the Devon forests before Whitsun 1319’


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