Definition of perlustrate in English:

perlustrate

verb

  • 1with object To travel through and inspect thoroughly; to survey comprehensively, especially in an official capacity.

  • 2with object To examine a document for the purpose of surveillance; to intercept and read correspondence passing through the post.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Andrew Borde (c1490–1549), physician and author. From classical Latin perlustrāt-, past participial stem of perlustrāre to travel through, to scrutinize from per- + lustrāre.

Pronunciation

perlustrate

/pəˈlʌstreɪt/