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

But the world, like the delegates, seems to be asleep. The Economist, "Gloom from the climate-change front line," 10 Aug. 2019 His truck left the roadway and slammed into the home of Bob Beland, who was asleep in his bedroom with his wife, Elizabeth Martin. Dan Squier, The Mercury News, "Northern California man accused of plowing into home, killing man enters not guilty plea," 8 Aug. 2019 According to police, the victim was asleep in her apartment when she was awakened by someone rummaging through her belongings. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "24-year-old man arrested in sexual assault on woman in her Fair Park area apartment," 3 Aug. 2019 Jihane soon moved from the groves into a job at a citrus packing plant, often finishing the day’s work well after her children were asleep. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 When the time came and the hospital called, Mellott was home asleep. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Speaking for baby Rose: How a Baltimore detective found his purpose investigating child abuse," 6 June 2019 The inferno erupted two hours before sunrise at 4:27 a.m. as most residents were asleep, ripping through one apartment building at 222 Ramsay St. just blocks from the Texas State University campus and spreading to two other buildings. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Grieving relatives of fire victims beg for answers, push for bigger reward," 21 July 2019 But Dallas Animal Services director Ed Jamison said the DAS field officer who chased down the third dog found the gate to the man’s backyard open while the owner was asleep inside. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Felony case in dog mauling at Far East Dallas park is headed to grand jury," 28 June 2019 Those two supervisors, who denied they were asleep at the time, resigned shortly afterward. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Sewerage & Water Board employees, clocking long hours, long to be heard – not watched," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Emitting subtle delta wave frequencies, the watch encourages the body to increase its own production of delta waves, helping the user to fall asleep faster and deeper. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 23 July 2019 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

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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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