asleep

adjective
\ ə-ˈslēp \

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

Sanders said the All City driver parked the bus outside of his home after making his morning run, not knowing the boy was asleep in the back. Philly.com, "7-year-old Philadelphia boy left alone on empty school bus - for the 2nd time in two weeks," 7 June 2018 Multiple children were asleep in the home during the argument, but police said they weren't injured. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Police: Woman shoots man, jumps through glass during domestic fight," 20 May 2018 Siyonbola, an African Studies graduate student, was accosted by another grad student after falling asleep in her dormitory's communal area while studying for her finals. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "EXCLUSIVE: The Black Yale Student Who Was Racially Profiled For Napping Speaks, Says University 'Has Not Done Enough'," 16 May 2018 Prince Louis is fast asleep in the photo with his sister. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Louis' First Official Photos Compare to Princess Charlotte's," 6 May 2018 Officer Clisham approached the vehicle and observed a male subject to be asleep in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department report," 30 Apr. 2018 But George is also the exact kind of shoulder-checking, emotion-mocking bro-pal whose authentic affection for Davis wouldn’t stop him from drawing magic-marker dicks on Davis’ face if the human fell asleep in the gorilla enclosure. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Rampage is laughably dumb, but at least there’s plenty of rampaging," 11 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW In the two-story brick house at the end of a quiet cul de sac, the girls had watched movies together, played soccer on the green lawn, and sometimes at night, fell asleep in the same bed. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Bounced through 21 placements and separated from her little sister, Dallas woman now challenging Texas foster care," 25 Mar. 2018 Not to mention that when Michael woke me up, falling back asleep was always a challenge. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This $20 Sleep Mask Helped Me Get the Best Sleep of My Life," 14 Jan. 2019

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 \

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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