verb (used without object), am·bu·lat·ed, am·bu·lat·ing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ambulate

traipse, perambulate, walk, pace, step, foot, amble

Examples from the Web for ambulate

Historical Examples of ambulate

  • Give me half-a-guinea for my trouble, sir, and I'll ambulate you through lanes every fut o' the way.

British Dictionary definitions for ambulate



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

Word Origin for ambulate

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

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

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