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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
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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Examples for asleep
  • Grizzlies, which rule the wilderness all summer, are asleep.
  • No student who actually wants to learn something from me is going to fall asleep during my lecture.
  • There have even been times when she has fallen asleep.
  • She trails off and falls asleep, making soft ugh noises occasionally as she drifts down.
  • If it were a song it would be the sort people pay to listen to in order to fall asleep.
  • Every night she would drive around for hours to avoid going home, and then finally get into bed and fall asleep crying.
  • Sometimes when the chief clerk was away or asleep he walked to the window and looked down on the vast anthill activity.
  • He hid out among the gorillas, waiting for me to fall asleep.
  • asleep, but none shall arouse him from that slumber, and warn him that the hour of his many appointments is slipping by.
  • It was bold, a full orchestra, yet somehow the house felt asleep.
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
asleep
mid-12c., from O.E. on slæpe. The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, from late 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
In addition to the idiom beginning with asleep also see: fall asleep
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