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sleep

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a natural periodic loss of consciousness during which the body restores itself
  • neither of them has been getting much sleep since the baby was born

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2 the state of being dead
  • a grieving widower longing to join his beloved wife in her eternal sleep

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3 the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
  • regretfully put their terminally ill dog to sleep

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sleep

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of sleep (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to be in a state of sleep
  • the baby slept for the entire length of the car trip
  • found the night watchman sleeping at his post

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2 to engage in sexual intercourse
  • if I don't read the tabloids, how will I know who is sleeping with whom this week?

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The first known use of sleep was before the 12th century

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“Sleep.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sleep. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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