sleep out


slept out; sleeping out; sleeps out

intransitive verb

: to sleep outdoors

Examples of sleep out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Families are sleeping out in the open, with limited water and no lights, heaters, or bathroom facilities. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Nov. 2023 Many more slept out in the open in the streets even as the airstrikes, including on southern Gaza, continued. Raja Abdulrahim, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 People are still sleeping out in the open streets or on a football field nearby. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 10 Sep. 2023 Several deaths have been reported, according to local news reports, which also relayed that people were sleeping out in the street in the town of Huetamo, where power outages persisted for days. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 24 June 2023 In 2009, the prince slept out on the streets of London as part of his awareness-raising campaigning and to deepen his own understanding of the challenges the young homeless face. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 13 June 2023 In California, the Toyota pickup was less about desert warfare and more about sand, sun, or driving up to the lake to sleep out under the stars. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2022 Those looking to sleep out among the wild can book one of the lodge's freestanding cabins. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 17 Oct. 2021 Does your dog prefer to sleep out of sight? Hannah Harper,, 9 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleep out was in 1818

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“Sleep out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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