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perambulate

If you're fond of strolling around your neighborhood with no special destination, you like to perambulate.

When you walk for the sake of taking a walk, you perambulate. It's an old-fashioned way to describe taking an after-dinner stroll or a meander through the zoo. The Latin word at the root of perambulate is ambulare, "to walk," and the more common word amble shares this origin. Another related word is perambulator, a mainly British term for a baby carriage or stroller, which is shortened to the more familiar pram.

Definitions of perambulate
  1. verb
    walk with no particular goal
    synonyms: walk about, walk around
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property)
    “Selectmen are required by law to perambulate the bounds every five years”
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    type of:
    inspect
    look over carefully
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