Definition of perambulate in English:



[NO OBJECT]formal
  • 1 Walk 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’
    • ‘Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I will be briskly perambulating.’
    • ‘The narrow opening supported a child's body and encouraged children to perambulate by keeping them from sitting down or crawling.’
    • ‘Over the weekend I had a chance to perambulate properly in cyberspace.’
    • ‘Unspoken but understood was that we wanted a community small enough to perambulate but that also had DSL.’
    • ‘The added handicap is that runners have to dodge the horse dung as they perambulate down the track.’
    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 around (a parish, forest, etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries.


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