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Definition of "circumambulate" [cir•cum•am•bu•late]

  • To walk around (something), especially as part of a ritual: "Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon” ( Herman Melville). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "circumambulate" in a sentence
  • "During the Hajj, Muslims uniformly circumambulate around the Holy Kaaba in what is known as 'Tawaaf', irrespective of gender, nationality or sect."
  • "In the evening, hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa or meditate quietly in its shadows."
  • "Indeed, saying this, I recall one elderly Khampa, a former bodyguard who used to come each day to circumambulate my residence in Dharamsala (a popular devotion)."