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ambulate

[am-byuh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), am·bu·lat·ed, am·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to walk about or move from place to place.

Origin of ambulate

1615–25; < Latin ambulātus (past participle of ambulāre to walk), equivalent to ambul- (see amble) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsam·bu·la·tion, nounam·bu·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Among the devices before touched upon, in the way of ambulation, was one which amused us excessively.

    Los Gringos

    H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise


British Dictionary definitions for ambulation

ambulate

verb
  1. (intr) to wander about or move from one place to another
Derived Formsambulation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ambulāre to walk, amble
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Word Origin and History for ambulation

n.

1540s, from Latin ambulationem (nominative ambulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ambulare (see amble).

ambulate

v.

1620s, from Latin ambulatus, past participle of ambulare "to walk" (see amble). Related: Ambulated; ambulating.

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