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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of ambulation

  • Among the devices before touched upon, in the way of ambulation, was one which amused us excessively.

    Los Gringos

    H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise

British Dictionary definitions for ambulation


  1. (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 ambulation

1540s, from Latin ambulationem (nominative ambulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ambulare (see amble).



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

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