[ 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

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin ambulātus (past participle of ambulāre “to walk”), equivalent to ambul- (see amble) + -ātus past participle suffix (see -ate1)

Other words from ambulate

  • am·bu·la·tion [am-byuh-ley-shuhn] /ˌæm byəˈleɪ ʃən/ noun
  • am·bu·la·tor, noun

Words Nearby ambulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for ambulate


/ (ˈæmbjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. (intr) to wander about or move from one place to another

Origin of ambulate

C17: from Latin ambulāre to walk, amble

Derived forms of ambulate

  • ambulation, noun

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