adjective & adverb
- 1In or into a state of sleep: [as adjective]: she had been asleep for over three hours [as adverb]: he soon fell asleepMore example sentences
- There they fell asleep and slept peacefully, as lovers did when they were together.
- I was so glad of my bed when I got to it that I fell asleep right away, and slept through until I was woken by the phone at eight.
- Samuel smiled and wrapped his arms around her as he too dozed off and fell asleep.
- 1.1Not attentive or alert; inactive: [as adjective]: the competition was not asleepMore example sentences
- Matt was both alert and asleep at the same time, the feeling one gets when one spends the entire night awake drinking coffee.
- I felt like a part of my brain was numb or asleep, but at the same time liberated.
- I asked quite silly and half asleep what he was doing home again when he sort of mouped that it was all closed and no one was there.
- 1.2(Of a limb) having no feeling; numb: [as adjective]: his legs were asleepMore example sentences
- It didn't feel so good at the time - my legs were still asleep and came slowly to life on the treadmill.
- Then I realized that my left foot was completely asleep and I could not move it or feel it at all.
- It's the fancy medical term for that nasty tingling that crawls up your leg when your foot's asleep.
- 1.3 • literary Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is dead.More example sentences
- The dead lie asleep, but in the second coming they shall be awakened from their graves and clothed in new skin.
asleep at the wheel (or North American switch)
- • informal Not attentive or alert: our industry is asleep at the switchMore example sentences
- We've been asleep at the wheel for over forty years, folks.
- Nor were our political leaders the only ones asleep at the switch.
- We must have been asleep at the switch, and so we have to revamp our intelligence structure from the ground up.