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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

Related Words for ambulator

hiker, pedestrian, stroller, wayfarer, perambulator, ambulator

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Historical Examples of ambulator

  • And the novelty of the ambulator bands on pedestrian levels was still strong for native New Yorkers.

    The Telenizer

    Don Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for ambulator


  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 ambulator



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

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