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 The manhunt began earlier Sunday after a deputy tried to stop a man who appeared to be falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle around 7 a.m. The deputy then chased the man, who refused to stop. NBC News, "Suspect killed after allegedly shooting Louisiana deputy during traffic stop," 18 May 2020 Charles stayed asleep in his mother's arms for a sweet black and white family portrait. PEOPLE.com, "Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg Leave Hospital in Masks with Newborn Son," 13 May 2020 Hypnotists say subjects are in full control of themselves, not asleep during the procedure. Dallas Morning News, "Texas law enforcement uses hypnosis to investigate crimes. Does it uncover the truth?," 8 Apr. 2020 Officer Bailey arrived on location and made contact with a driver, who was asleep, and one female passenger asleep on his lap. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 30 Mar. 2020 Just last week, Chrissy Farr, a CNBC reporter, tweeted a photo of a pack of coyotes curled up, asleep, in a grassy knoll in the middle of San Francisco. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Almost all of a day’s 24 hours, awake and asleep, are spent in the cab. John Branch, BostonGlobe.com, "Alone on the road, a trucker’s long haul as America fights the virus," 28 Mar. 2020 Many fathers work long, labor-intensive days and get home after their kids are already asleep. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Rwanda’s radical plan to reduce poverty by harnessing fathers’ love," 8 Oct. 2019 But for most, funky dreams are being largely programmed by stimuli experienced up to 90 minutes before falling asleep, Blair says. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why You're Having Weird and Vivid Dreams During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb You might just be addicted: Smartphone use physically affects your brain, study says Sports not your thing?: Streaming options from Philo might be for you Night light To fall asleep, your body needs an increase in levels of melatonin. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "How to get a better night's sleep? Keep your tech out of the bedroom," 22 Feb. 2020 But only do this if your little one is a good napper, who can fall asleep anywhere. Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping, "36 Tips for How to Travel With Kids That Will Save Your Next Family Vacation," 4 Feb. 2020 In other words, a warm bath led to more time spent in actual sleep rather than turning or tossing and trying to fall asleep, compared to usual sleep without taking bath. Shahab Haghayegh, Quartzy, "The science of why a warm bath before bed helps you sleep," 14 Aug. 2019 Study participants had to lie down and fall asleep inside an MRI machine. Wired, "Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain," 31 Oct. 2019 But this wasn't to condone those who fall asleep in the audience. Seth Fradkoff, Town & Country, "The New Rules of Theater Etiquette," 17 Oct. 2019 Snow falls in a blanket of diamonds/ all around the shack./ The jack pines sway above as we/ fall asleep close together./ but Mom stays awake/ into the night…whispering/ to/ the/ stars. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and writers: Eliza Wheeler builds a charming ‘Home in the Woods’," 28 Sep. 2019 For example, sometimes humans may laugh or fall asleep in the face of a threat. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 In other words, a warm bath led to more time spent in actual sleep rather than turning or tossing and trying to fall asleep, compared to usual sleep without taking bath. Shahab Haghayegh, Quartzy, "The science of why a warm bath before bed helps you sleep," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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22 May 2020

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“Asleep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asleep. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for asleep

asleep

adjective
How to pronounce asleep (audio)

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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