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asleep

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Pronunciation: /əˈsliːp
 
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Definition of asleep in English:

adjective& adverb

1In or into a state of sleep: [as adjective]: she had been asleep for over three hours [as adverb]: he soon fell asleep
More 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.
Synonyms
sleeping, fast asleep, sound asleep, in a deep sleep, slumbering, napping, catnapping, dozing, resting, reposing, drowsing, dormant, comatose
informal snoozing, dead to the world, flat out, kipping, out like a light, in the land of Nod
literary in the arms of Morpheus
1.1Not attentive or alert; inactive: [as adjective]: the competition was not asleep
More 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 asleep
More 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.
Synonyms
1.3 literary Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is dead.
Example sentences
  • The dead lie asleep, but in the second coming they shall be awakened from their graves and clothed in new skin.

Phrases

asleep at the wheel (or North American switch)

1
informal Not attentive or alert: our industry is asleep at the switch
More 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.

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