asleep

adjective
\ə-ˈslēp \

Definition of asleep 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in a state of sleep

2 : dead

3 : lacking sensation : numb

4a : inactive, dormant

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 the first snap, little Ariana, who was wearing a pink onesie with cats on it, was sound asleep and her dad added a cat filter giving her whiskers. Mariah Haas, PEOPLE.com, "Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Shares Photos of His Daughter Following Huge Feud with His Ex on Social Media," 5 May 2018 Those who sleep on the roof risk falling asleep and falling off. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "More immigrants from the Central American caravan enter U.S., few remain waiting in Mexico," 4 May 2018 With the majority of London media still fast asleep and the sun barely risen, the Duchess of Cambridge’s early morning admittance to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital couldn’t have been more low-key. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the "Relaxed" Birth of Kate Middleton & Prince William's New Royal Baby Boy," 23 Apr. 2018 His wife fell asleep and woke up to find her husband and the third member of their ménage a trois engaged in a ménage a deux. Teresa M. Pelham, courant.com, "Kiss & Tell: Whatever Happened To That Wild And Crazy Spark?," 22 Mar. 2018 The Virginia Tech freshman was coming back from a ski trip with four friends when the driver fell asleep and slammed into a tree. CBS News, "Drowsy driving could be more common – and deadlier – than first thought," 8 Feb. 2018 Less dramatic levels of sleep disruption, including trouble falling asleep and more frequent nighttime wakening, are also typical as people age. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Sleep cycle troubles may be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease," 30 Jan. 2018 For people who just have run-of-the-mill trouble falling asleep, and not staying that way, Sleepy lotion is a good, natural remedy. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Can Lush's Famous Sleepy Lotion Help an Insomniac Finally Get Some Rest?," 1 Nov. 2017 My mom can’t drive at night, and was already asleep. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Woman's #MeToo moments lead to despair," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The paper reports that police found a woman with the same name asleep in a car at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and police called the family to say she had been located. Jared Gilmour And Scott Berson, sacbee, "Who is YouTube shooting suspect Nasim Aghdam? | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 He was arrested the morning of March 2, 2017 when an off-duty Cleveland police officer found him in his car asleep at at a traffic light at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Corlett Avenue. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's nephew sentenced to eight years on federal weapons charge," 1 Feb. 2018 Under the procedure, a patient falls asleep within a few minutes, and death comes usually within a half hour, according to Lifecircle. Helena Bachmann And Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "David Goodall,104, takes final journey at Swiss assisted-suicide clinic 8,600 miles from home," 10 May 2018 Joe Garcia, who has diabetes and kidney failure, falls asleep after a trip to the dialysis clinic. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, CNN, "Months after Maria, Puerto Rican patients must travel 12 hours for dialysis," 18 Apr. 2018 But when all is said and done, Tammé’s son is impressed that his mother learned how to do so many wrestling moves, even as Debbie falls asleep next to her son’s crib. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "GLOW season 2 is less than the sum of its parts. But those parts are amazing.," 29 June 2018 Has a tendency to fall asleep off-ball on defense, where he’ll be tested. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Devonte Graham Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 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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Phrases Related to asleep

fall asleep

half asleep

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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 \

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 \

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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