Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To walk; to move about.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. walk about; not be bedridden or incapable of walking

Etymologies

Latin ambulāre, ambulāt-, to walk; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ambulatus, past participle of ambulō. Cognate to amble. (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 found that I needed something that is going to allow me to ambulate without having to deal with pavement.

    David Frey: Shooting From the Hip

  • She suddenly and rapidly has declined, necessitating care from an assisted living facility (that every time she sneezed shipped her off to the ER) she has broken both hips (the second 3 weeks after the first trying to ambulate herself to the bathroom) and she is rapidly declining.

    On Tough Decisions

  • The stage hands could have just as easily rolled these people on and off stage with dollies as have them ambulate.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • I ambulate a lot and have thought about doing this just for the experience, but I can't see sending the $$ off to this charity.

    Save Our Tatas

  • Also in our industry, in order to give people good nursing/medical care, we are often treating them the way the NEED to be and not they way they WANT to be i.e. drug seeker in the er, making post-ops ambulate when they don't want to, etc.

    The Hilton Hospital

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