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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Little Platt was asleep in his bunk at Schofield Barracks, outside Honolulu and about 18 miles from Battleship Row on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese machine gun bullets crashed through a window four feet away. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday at a San Antonio restaurant," 5 May 2021 Tourists were still asleep within the hulking buildings, so the long sidewalks with bright desert sunlight were empty. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Why an Alaskan’s love affair with Reno, perfumed streets and all, makes perfect sense," 1 May 2021 Bonet had his eyes closed and appeared to be asleep at the wheel. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Beach police detective arrested for DUI after patrol cars collide," 30 Apr. 2021 When a person is asleep, the muscles around the back of the throat relax, and this can be enough to close the airway. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Is there anything other than surgery for this terrible pain?," 28 Apr. 2021 According to his agent, the Father star was asleep in bed during the ceremony. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Anthony Hopkins Paid Tribute to Chadwick Boseman in His Best Actor Acceptance Speech," 26 Apr. 2021 When 17-year-old Robert Wright died alone in his cell at the Circleville Juvenile Detention Facility last August, the staff member who was supposed to be checking on him twice an hour might have been asleep. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Juvenile detention death: Top medical staff axed. Staff found to sleeping on the job," 23 Apr. 2021 The caller told police two people appeared to be asleep in the pickup truck, Cox said. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Man carjacks 17-year-old driver's vehicle at knifepoint at Phoenix elementary school," 21 Apr. 2021 The kids are asleep, the dishes are done (well, most of the time), and the screens are turned off. Southern Living, "15 Stylish Bedside Lamps for the Ultimate Reading Session," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The idea is supposedly that seeing less blue light will help users fall asleep more easily. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "What if: Elon Musk meets the Coneheads," 7 May 2021 Because of changes in circadian rhythm, teens tend to naturally fall asleep later and get up later. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Teen Girls’ Poor Diets Are Worrying Doctors," 3 May 2021 From the first night guests can expect to fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and more soundly and wake naturally feeling refreshed and restored. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, "The Bryte Bed Is About To Transform Your Hotel Experience," 16 Apr. 2021 Just pop one or two of these colorful little bears to start the day anxiety-free, or to fall asleep more easily at night. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These CBD Gummies Are the Key to Combating Stress and Anxiety — and I’ll Never Fly Without Them," 12 Mar. 2021 These lights will make falling asleep more difficult. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Safe Kids Carroll County: Lack of sleep can cause injuries," 6 Mar. 2021 Researchers may have discovered a reason people love hammocks: A study by Swiss researchers found that a rocking motion synchronizes brain activity, allowing people to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Hang a Hammock in Your Backyard," 18 Feb. 2021 In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music," 18 Dec. 2020 Featuring 6 nature sounds like summer night and rain, the recipient is sure to fall asleep faster and have a more restful slumber. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts to buy from Bed, Bath & Beyond under $30," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for asleep

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

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9 May 2021

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“Asleep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asleep. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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