[ am-byuh-leyt ]
/ ˈæm byəˌleɪt /

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

to walk about or move from place to place.

Nearby words

  1. ambulance,
  2. ambulance chaser,
  3. ambulance stocks,
  4. ambulant,
  5. ambulante,
  6. ambulatory,
  7. ambulatory care,
  8. ambulatory surgery,
  9. ambulette,
  10. ambuscade

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

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈæmbjʊˌleɪt) /


(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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