One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[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.’
- ‘Cumulatively, these impairments result in disorientation while ambulating.’
- ‘Activities of daily living assessed include bathing, ambulating, using the toilet, dressing, and eating.’
- ‘Even ambulating around the unit constitutes desirable physical activity.’
- ‘Since then, she had become irritable and had stopped ambulating.’
Early 17th century: from Latin ambulat- ‘walked’, from the verb ambulare.
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