transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Late Latin circumambulatus, past participle of circumambulare, from Latin circum- + ambulare to walk Date: 1606 to circle on foot especially ritualisticallycircumambulation noun

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  • Circumambulate — Cir cum*am bu*late, v. t. [L. circumambulatus, p. p. of circumambulare to walk around; circum + ambulare. See {Ambulate}.] To walk round about. {Cir cum*am bu*la tion}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circumambulate — index detour, perambulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • circumambulate — (v.) 1650s, from L. circumambulatus, pp. of circumambulare to walk around, from circum around (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) + ambulare to walk (see AMBLE (Cf. amble)). Related: Circumambulated; circumambulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • circumambulate — ► VERB formal ▪ walk all the way round. DERIVATIVES circumambulation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • circumambulate — [sʉr΄kəmam′byo͞o lāt΄] vt., vi. circumambulated, circumambulating [< LL circumambulatus, pp. of circumambulare < L circum (see CIRCUM ) + ambulare (see AMBULATE)] to walk around circumambulation n. circumambulatory [sʉr΄kəm am′byələ tôr΄ē]… …   English World dictionary

  • circumambulate — circumambulation, n. circumambulator, n. circumambulatory, adj. /serr keuhm am byeuh layt /, v.t., v.i., circumambulated, circumambulating. to walk or go about or around, esp. ceremoniously. [1650 60; < LL circumambulatus (ptp. of circumambulare) …   Universalium

  • circumambulate — verb /ˌsɝ.kəmˈæm.bju.leɪt/ To walk around something in a circle, especially for a ritual purpose. See Also: circumambulation …   Wiktionary

  • circumambulate — v. walk around (something); walk about; avoid, beat around the bush (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • circumambulate — [ˌsə:kəm ambjʊleɪt] verb formal walk all the way round. Derivatives circumambulation noun circumambulatory adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • circumambulate — cir·cum·ambulate …   English syllables

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