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Do

They went for a saunter in the park.

and

They sauntered in the park.

have the same meaning?

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Yes, they mean pretty much the same thing. Moreover, there are a many other words that function as both a noun and verb, and we can do the same with those:

They strolled/walked/jaunted/jogged/walked to the park.

They went for a stroll/walk/jaunt/jog/walk to the park.

However, we need to be careful – this won't always work! For example, as a noun, "travel" is considered uncountable. So, we can say:

They traveled to the park.

but we would not say:

They went for a travel to the park.

Similarly, we might say:

They took a trip to the park.

but we wouldn't say:

They tripped through the park.

(Well, we could say that last one, but it would mean something different.)

Essentially, you need to consult a dictionary, and look carefully at the definitions for both the noun and verb forms of the word.

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  • Just a note, the preposition in the question is "in" not "to".
    – Catija
    Oct 2, 2015 at 15:57
  • Without getting bogged down in semantics, "went for a saunter" implies the express intention to "go for a saunter" whereas "they sauntered in their park" on their way somewhere else for example.
    – JMB
    Oct 2, 2015 at 16:02
  • @Cat - I realize that, but I changed the preposition in my examples because I thought that jaunt doesn't work as well with in. That said, the other four words would work fine with in, to, at, or through. Nice catch.
    – J.R.
    Oct 2, 2015 at 16:08
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    @JMB - Maybe we should get bogged down in semantics. I won't pretend my answer settles the matter. If you have the time to elaborate on that in an answer, I think it'd be beneficial to both the O.P. and to the site.
    – J.R.
    Oct 2, 2015 at 16:10

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