Meaning of ambulate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈambjʊleɪt/

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[no object] formal, technical
  • Walk; move about.

    ‘people who make use of crutches to ambulate’
    • ‘tortoises are diurnally active, ambulating mainly over the course of the day’
    • ‘The boy was using arm crutches to ambulate, and his short legs moved in a wide and awkward manner that suggested he was sweeping the floor with his feet.’
    • ‘Activities of daily living assessed include bathing, ambulating, using the toilet, dressing, and eating.’
    • ‘Since then, she had become irritable and had stopped ambulating.’
    • ‘Cumulatively, these impairments result in disorientation while ambulating.’
    • ‘Even ambulating around the unit constitutes desirable physical activity.’


Early 17th century from Latin ambulat- ‘walked’, from the verb ambulare.