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

Crowley appears positively asleep at the wheel, waking up only when the New York Times excoriates him, to awkwardly bop at a Queens Pride Parade and talk almost exclusively about Trump. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 During this time, Walken was in his stateroom, apparently asleep. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 The person appears unconscious or asleep and the woman is gentle in her touch. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What the New Opening Credits for Outlander Teach Us About Season 4," 2 Nov. 2018 Halfway through dessert, Kim’s two mentor lawyers, Jessica Jackson (with a half-asleep baby draped over her shoulder) and Erin Haney, show up. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Instead, the kids were upstairs asleep, or, more likely, passed out from heat stroke. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "How to survive an Airbnb disaster, bugs and all," 5 July 2018 Sometimes, when falling asleep, or brushing her teeth, or watching water boil, Jackie scrutinized which of her features suggested Olivia. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Olivia" by Sophia Veltfort," 2 June 2018 Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Full order of service for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 18 May 2018 While all three adults were thrown from the vehicle and died, Mariska, then three, asleep in the backseat, and her brothers, 8-year-old Mickey Jr. and 6-year-old Zoltan, survived. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About Losing Her Mother, Jayne Mansfield, 50 Years Ago," 29 Mar. 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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