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

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Examples of ambulate in a Sentence

a progressive disease that compromises a patient's ability to ambulate

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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The first known use of ambulate was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Ambulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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