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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.
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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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Related Words for ambulate

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

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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.

    Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2)

    Samuel Lover

British Dictionary definitions for ambulate


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