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

breathless, cold, dead, deceased, defunct, demised, departed, fallen, gone, late, lifeless, low

Antonyms: Adjective

alive, animate, breathing, going, live, living, quick

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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

The family believes Boaventura fell asleep at the wheel. Sophia Eppolito And Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Milford woman dies on 22nd birthday in single-car crash in Sharon," 13 July 2018 Investigators said the driver fell asleep at the wheel. CBS News, "Police: Driver fell asleep before crashing into school bus, 20 injured," 13 July 2018 Its opening scene portrays Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) falling asleep at a party, only to wake up to an empty apartment and a mob of ravenous undead on the streets below. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Night Eats the World,’ Zombie Apocalypse Now, Again," 12 July 2018 Police said a driver fell asleep at the wheel, crashing their car into a pole at Central Parkway and Linn Street. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Police: NB Central Parkway shut down after driver falls asleep, crashes into pole," 11 July 2018 No charges were filed against the kids’ parents, who were asleep at their home at the time. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Real Parents Reveal the Craziest Things Their Kids Have Ever Said or Done," 7 June 2018 There was a time where a couple came in, and after the third drink, the lady fell asleep at the bar and didn’t wake up. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Bar Star: Erick Balbuena at Piatto Ristorante," 23 May 2018 And falling asleep at night without the sound of her snores just feels wrong. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "How my pug taught me to be an adult," 10 May 2018 Assistant State's Attorney Danielle Pascucci said Wednesday that the state is alleging Zaworksi fell asleep at the wheel while speeding in a work zone, causing the crash that killed Paulson just prior to 11 a.m. Nov. 2. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man who allegedly fell asleep at wheel, fatally struck electrical worker in Park City pleads not guilty," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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 \

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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