asleep

adjective
\ ə-ˈslēp How to pronounce asleep (audio) \

Definition of asleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in a state of sleep
2 : dead
3 : lacking sensation : numb
b : not alert : indifferent

asleep

adverb

Definition of asleep (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : into a state of sleep
2 : into the sleep of death
3 : into a state of inactivity, sluggishness, or indifference

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Synonyms & Antonyms for asleep

Synonyms: Adjective

dormant, dozing, napping, resting, sleeping, slumbering

Antonyms: Adjective

awake, sleepless, wakeful, wide-awake

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Examples of asleep in a Sentence

Adjective

“Are you asleep?” “No, I'm awake.” He tries to clean up the house while the kids are asleep. The cats are asleep on the floor. She was still asleep at noon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some potential here: The outsider hustling for two decades to get her foot in the door, and the best boy with a highbrow accent asleep at his desk. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 One other circumstance, possibly critical on D-Day, favored the Allies: Hitler was asleep and Col. Time, "Inside General Eisenhower’s Sleepless Night Ahead of the D-Day Invasion," 6 June 2019 His dad, Jon, could emerge from his room at any time, asleep and wandering. Lydia Woolever, Popular Mechanics, "How Families Are Taking Care of Wounded Veterans," 28 Nov. 2018 Most nights dinner is flung together between 6:47 and 7 p.m. after the baby is asleep and before the two older kids have lost it from hunger. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Putting Ottolenghi’s New Cookbook, Simple, to the Test," 4 Oct. 2018 Police said a 9-year-old girl was asleep on the first-floor of the home and two adults were upstairs. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD: Indiana man, 40, was home-intruder who died in custody," 13 June 2019 Her 4-year-old son fell asleep at the family’s Cottage Grove home in his cowboy boots and hat watching the Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus remix over and over again. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "An autistic Cottage Grove boy shocks his family — and charms the internet — by suddenly singing ‘Old Town Road’," 9 June 2019 Most theatergoers have a mental image of what Shakespeare looks, sounds and feels like: puffy shorts, British dialect, almost falling asleep in a hundred-dollar balcony seat. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "'Hamlet' by the Back Room Shakespeare Project is not your mother's Shakespeare," 6 June 2019 As anyone who's ever fallen asleep in front of an old Friends rerun can tell you, there's just something soothing about ambient noise. Allure, "The 8 Best Sound Machines For a Better Night’s Sleep," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Maybe bring out a newspaper to read between pitches, or take it up to the Ultimate Dad Level and fall asleep in the middle of the game. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 The woman left the apartment when Bivens started to fall asleep, according to the warrant. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "Police arrest man accused of kidnapping, raping woman inside his Central City apartment," 5 June 2019 The tired boy falls asleep even before the plane takes off. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "A deep dive into the tale of Pericles," 13 June 2019 On the inside there will be faster Wi-Fi, USB charging in each seat, reading lights and winged headrests — so no one can fall asleep on your shoulder. CBS News, "Inside Amtrak's next-generation Acela train: "Wi-Fi, craft beers and reliable schedules"," 11 June 2019 The episode aired on May 24 in the U.K., and saw Turner also reveal that her secret skill is being able to fall asleep, regardless of her location. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Channels the '80s in a Low-Cut Isabel Marant Leather Top," 25 May 2019 In one group, expectant parents attended education sessions on strategies to help babies fall asleep on their own. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Babies’ Sleep Linked to Lower Obesity Risks Years Later," 15 Oct. 2018 The study is clearly limited by its very small size, and there is the issue that those subjected to sleep deprivation tended to fall asleep much faster, and thus spent less time lying awake. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How you end up sleep-deprived matters," 23 May 2018 The basis for her fears was shown in greater depth when Edwards began to fall asleep at the wheel while driving himself and then-girlfriend Mackenzie Standifer to their wedding. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnancies, Arrests and Heartbreak: A Guide to All the Teen Mom Stars You Should Know," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of asleep

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asleep

Adjective

Middle English aslepe, from Old English on slæpe

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The first known use of asleep was in the 12th century

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More Definitions for asleep

asleep

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of asleep

: in a state of sleep : sleeping
: lacking any feeling

asleep

adjective
\ ə-ˈslēp How to pronounce asleep (audio) \

Kids Definition of asleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in a state of sleep
2 : having no feeling My foot is asleep.

asleep

adverb

Kids Definition of asleep (Entry 2 of 2)

: into a state of sleep I fell asleep during the movie.

asleep

adjective
\ ə-ˈslēp How to pronounce asleep (audio) \

Medical Definition of asleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in a state of sleep
2 : lacking sensation : numb

asleep

adverb

Medical Definition of asleep (Entry 2 of 2)

: into a state of sleep

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