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asleep

adjective \ ə-ˈslēp \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of asleep

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

Examples of asleep in a Sentence

  1. “Are you asleep?” “No, I'm awake.”

  2. He tries to clean up the house while the kids are asleep.

  3. The cats are asleep on the floor.

  4. She was still asleep at noon.

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Origin and Etymology of asleep

Middle English aslepe, from Old English on slæpe


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asleep

adverb

Definition of asleep

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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First Known Use of asleep

12th century



ASLEEP Defined for English Language Learners

asleep

adjective

Definition of asleep for English Language Learners

  • : in a state of sleep : sleeping

  • : lacking any feeling


ASLEEP Defined for Kids

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asleep

adjective \ ə-ˈslēp \

Definition of asleep for Students

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

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asleep

adverb

Definition of asleep for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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asleep

adjective \ ə-ˈslēp \

medical Definition of asleep

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

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asleep

adverb

medical Definition of asleep

:into a state of sleep


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