[ som-nam-byuh-leyt, suhm- ]
/ sɒmˈnæm byəˌleɪt, səm- /
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verb (used without object), som·nam·bu·lat·ed, som·nam·bu·lat·ing.
to walk during sleep; sleepwalk.
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Origin of somnambulate
1825–35; <Latin somn(us) sleep + ambulate
OTHER WORDS FROM somnambulatesom·nam·bu·lant, adjective, nounsom·nam·bu·la·tion, noun
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How to use somnambulate in a sentence
So pungently vital to somnambulant mankind at that epoch; to us fallen dead as carrion, and unendurable to think of.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
When my aunt appeared on the morning after her arrival she was still in a semi-somnambulant state.The Troll Garden and Selected Stories|Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for somnambulate
/ (sɒmˈnæmbjʊˌleɪt) /
(intr) to walk while asleep
Derived forms of somnambulatesomnambulance, nounsomnambulant, adjective, nounsomnambulation, nounsomnambulator, noun
Word Origin for somnambulate
C19: from Latin somnus sleep + ambulāre to walk
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