Meaning of “ambulance” in the English Dictionary

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"ambulance" in British English

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ambulancenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæm.bjə.ləns/ us /ˈæm.bjə.ləns/

A2 a special vehicle used to take sick or injured people to hospital:

I called an ambulance.
We were woken in the night by the wail of ambulance sirens.
an ambulance driver
An ambulance crew was called to his home, but he was dead by the time they arrived.

More examples

  • There's been an accident - dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
  • They did everything they could to save him, but he was already too far gone when the ambulance arrived.
  • The siren signalled the approach of an ambulance.
  • The ambulance raced round the corner with its tyres screaming.
  • There's been an accident - can you ring for an ambulance?

(Definition of “ambulance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambulance" in American English

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ambulancenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæm·bjə·ləns, -ˌlæns/

a special vehicle equipped to take people who are injured or ill to the hospital

(Definition of “ambulance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)