Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To walk from place to place; move about.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To walk or move about, or from place to place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To walk; to move about.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To walk; to relocate one's self under the power of one's own legs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb walk about; not be bedridden or incapable of walking

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin ambulāre, ambulāt-, to walk; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin ambulatus, past participle of ambulō. Cognate to amble.

Examples

  • With reporters building entire edifices of Palin speculation based on Runner's World photos of Palin preparing to run (quickly ambulate, that is, rather than pursue political office) and amidst the flurry of liberal talk show jokes deriding Palin's intelligence it's understandable that many Americans who might not support Sarah Palin's political views are nonetheless coming to see Palin as a victim.

    Bruce Wilson: Palin Says She'll Stump for Democrats, Hints at Third Party

  • Ten other patients ambulate with physical assistance and walkers (with and without braces).

    October 19th, 2009

  • That's because there are limits as to how creatures with two legs that bend at the back can ambulate efficiently and every human culture has a version that is not far away from it.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • I will allow for the moment that he somehow managed to endure the fall without losing the ability to ambulate.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • Lung cancer, for instance, might start as a spicular nodule in the lung, then unmoor itself and ambulate unexpectedly into the brain.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • That's because there are limits as to how creatures with two legs that bend at the back can ambulate efficiently and every human culture has a version that is not far away from it.

    New Under the Sun

  • Lung cancer, for instance, might start as a spicular nodule in the lung, then unmoor itself and ambulate unexpectedly into the brain.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • I will allow for the moment that he somehow managed to endure the fall without losing the ability to ambulate.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • I will allow for the moment that he somehow managed to endure the fall without losing the ability to ambulate.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • Lung cancer, for instance, might start as a spicular nodule in the lung, then unmoor itself and ambulate unexpectedly into the brain.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

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