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verb (used without object), lo·co·mot·ed, lo·co·mot·ing.
  1. to move about, especially under one's own power.

Origin of locomote

First recorded in 1825–35; back formation from locomotion
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Examples from the Web for locomote

Historical Examples

  • In a few days I learned to locomote very well on one leg and my crutches.

    Two Wars: An Autobiography of General Samuel G. French

    Samuel Gibbs French

  • Trees were bending before the wind and he found the only way to locomote was to crawl.

Word Origin and History for locomote


1831, back-formation from locomotion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper