am·​bu·​late | \ ˈam-byə-ˌlāt How to pronounce ambulate (audio) \
ambulated; ambulating

Definition of ambulate

intransitive verb

: to move from place to place : walk She was hopeful that the surgery would improve her ability to ambulate.— Anita Lewis and Joyce Sasson Levy

Examples of ambulate in a Sentence

a progressive disease that compromises a patient's ability to ambulate
Recent Examples on the Web Sternburg who had recently recovered from a foot injury, was reappreciating her ability to ambulate at the same time as the world had withdrawn. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of ambulate

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambulate

borrowed from Latin ambulātus, past participle of ambulāre "to go by foot, walk, walk for pleasure or exercise, travel" — more at amble entry 1

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“Ambulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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intransitive verb
am·​bu·​late | \ -ˌlāt How to pronounce ambulate (audio) \
ambulated; ambulating

Medical Definition of ambulate

: to move from place to place the patient was allowed to ambulate in her room

Other Words from ambulate

ambulation \ ˌam-​byə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce ambulate (audio) \ noun


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