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asleep

[uh-sleep] /əˈslip/
adverb
1.
in or into a state of sleep:
He fell asleep quickly.
2.
into a dormant or inactive state; to rest:
Their anxieties were put asleep.
3.
into the state of death.
adjective
4.
sleeping:
He is asleep.
5.
dormant; inactive.
6.
(of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
7.
dead.
Origin of asleep
1000
before 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe, Old English on slǣpe; see a-1, sleep
Related forms
half-asleep, adjective
quasi-asleep, adjective, adverb
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  • Noémi took Michael's arm and led him into the room where the boy was asleep.

  • And yet they looked just as human, you wouldn't 'a' believed it; just like they was asleep.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Then you were pretending to be asleep when I entered your room?

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • Jim said he hadn't been asleep; he just shut his eyes so he could listen better.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I soon tuk aff me, an' was asleep in no time; but in less than half an hour I had a most wonderful drame.

British Dictionary definitions for asleep

asleep

/əˈsliːp/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
in or into a state of sleep
2.
in or into a dormant or inactive state
3.
(of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
4.
(euphemistic) dead
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Word Origin and History for asleep
adj.

c.1200, aslepe, o slæpe, from Old English on slæpe (see sleep). The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, "numb through stoppage of circulation," from late 14c. Meaning "inattentive, off guard" is from mid-14c.

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asleep in Medicine

asleep a·sleep (ə-slēp')
adj.

  1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.

  2. Numb, as of a limb.

  3. Dead.

adv.
  1. In or into a state of sleep.

  2. In or into a state of apathy or indifference.

  3. Into the sleep of the dead.

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Idioms and Phrases with asleep

asleep

In addition to the idiom beginning with asleep also see: fall asleep
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