Definition of ambulate in English:


Line breaks: am¦bu|late
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
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    • 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.



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  • 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.

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