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somnĭo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. (
I.dep. collat. form: “hic aedes non somniatur,Petr. 74, 14) [somnium], to dream; to dream of or see in a dream (freq. and class.).
II. Transf., as in Engl. to dream, i. e. to think idly or vainly, to talk foolishly: “eho, quae tu somnias! Hic homo non sanus est,what are you dreaming about? Plaut. Merc. 5, 2, 109: “quos Summanos somnias?id. Curc. 4, 3, 14: de Lanuvino Phameae erravi; “Trojanum somniabam,Cic. Att. 9, 13, 6: “ineptias,Col. 1, 8, 2: “ah stulte! tu de Psaltriā me somnias Agere,Ter. Ad. 4, 7, 6; Plaut. Pers. 2, 3, 5.—Absol.: “vigilans somniat,Plaut. Am. 2, 2, 65; id. Capt. 4, 2, 68: “portenta non disserentium philosophorum sed somniantium,Cic. N. D. 1, 8, 18.
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