somnambulate

[som-nam-byuh-leyt, suh m-]
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verb (used without object), som·nam·bu·lat·ed, som·nam·bu·lat·ing.

to walk during sleep; sleepwalk.

Origin of somnambulate

1825–35; < Latin somn(us) sleep + ambulate
Related formssom·nam·bu·lant, adjective, nounsom·nam·bu·la·tion, noun
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somnambulate

verb

(intr) to walk while asleep
Derived Formssomnambulance, nounsomnambulant, adjective, nounsomnambulation, nounsomnambulator, noun

Word Origin for somnambulate

C19: from Latin somnus sleep + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for somnambulant

1819 (n.); 1832 (adj.); see somnambulism + -ant.

somnambulate

v.

1821, probably a back-formation from somnambulism. Related: Somnambulated; somnambulating.

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