Definition of ambulate in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈambjʊleɪt/


[no object] formal or technical
Walk; move about: people who make use of crutches to ambulate tortoises are diurnally active, ambulating mainly over the course of the day
More example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • Most patients progress to assisted ambulation and full weight bearing.
  • After transfer, a nurse or physical therapist assists the patient with progressive ambulation.
  • The pediatrician noted slight delay in ambulation at 12 months, but in line with maternal developmental patterns.


Early 17th century: from Latin ambulat- 'walked', from the verb ambulare.

Words that rhyme with ambulate

circumambulate, perambulate
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.