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

In a similar case back in January, police encountered a man asleep behind the wheel of a Tesla car on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "It took seven miles to pull over a Tesla with a seemingly asleep driver," 1 Dec. 2018 There’s about 200 people walking around, half-asleep and half-awake. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 14, 1977: Blackout hits N.Y.," 14 July 2018 If your New Year's resolution is to spend some more time reading, add reading 10 pages a day to your nighttime routine once the kids fall asleep. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 Musk, who is the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, has been working 100-to-120-hour weeks and taking Ambien to help him fall asleep. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Elon Musk on his year of costly tweets, journalist fights — and how it changed him," 2 Nov. 2018 Choosing which movie to fall asleep to every night. Brie Schwartz, Country Living, "Here's the Truth About Going on a Disney Cruise Without Kids," 13 Sep. 2018 Blue light before bedtime can wreak havoc on our ability to fall asleep. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: Will Comcast raise stakes in battle for Fox?," 2 July 2018 As darkness set in, the line of people crossing into the United States dropped to a trickle, and the children began to fall asleep. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Sleeping on America’s Doorstep: A Dispatch From the Border," 25 June 2018 The creators of Khecari's weeklong dance event, The Retreat , encourage audience members to fall asleep. Oliver Sava, Chicago Reader, "The Retreat is one experimental dance performance that wants to put you to sleep," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 So if the driver did fall asleep at the wheel the car should have started slowing down on its own within a few minutes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "It took seven miles to pull over a Tesla with a seemingly asleep driver," 1 Dec. 2018 Try not to fall asleep before your in-room yoga session. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Read more stories about self-care: Now, find out seven tips for falling asleep faster: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Michelle Lee, Allure, "CEO and Author Jaclyn Johnson on Why Self-Care Is the Key to Success," 21 Aug. 2018 My bedtime ranged from 11:20 P.M. to 2:30 A.M. (oops) and my nightly time asleep ranged from 5 hours and 35 minutes to 10 hours and 26 minutes. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "I Practiced Perfect Sleep Hygiene for a Week and Here's What Happened," 8 June 2018 Extra points if Prince Charles falls asleep in the middle of the ceremony. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Presenting GQ’s Official Royal Wedding Bingo," 17 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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