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a·sleep

 (ə-slēp′)
adj.
1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.
2.
a. Inactive; dormant.
b. Indifferent: politicians who are asleep to the needs of their constituents.
3. Numb, especially from reduced circulation of blood to a limb: My leg is asleep.
4. Dead.
adv.
1. In or into a state of sleep.
2. In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
3. Into a state of numbness.
4. Into the sleep of the dead.

asleep

(əˈsliːp)
adj (postpositive)
1. in or into a state of sleep
2. in or into a dormant or inactive state
3. (of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
4. euphemistic dead

a•sleep

(əˈslip)

adv.
1. in or into a state of sleep: to fall asleep quickly.
2. into a dormant or inactive state; to rest: Put your doubts asleep.
3. into the state of death.
adj.
4. sleeping: He is asleep.
5. dormant; inactive.
6. numb: My foot is asleep.
7. dead.
[before 1000]

sleep

asleep
1. 'sleep'

Sleep can be a noun or a verb. The past tense and -ed participle of the verb is slept.

Sleep is the natural state of rest in which you are unconscious with your eyes closed.

I haven't been getting enough sleep recently.

To sleep means to be in this state of rest.

He was so excited he could hardly sleep.
I had not slept for three days.
2. 'asleep'

If someone is in this state, you can use the progressive form and say they are sleeping, but it is more common to say that they are asleep. Don't say, for example, 'He sleeps'.

She was asleep when we walked in.
I thought someone had been in the house while I was sleeping.

To say how long someone was in this state, or to talk about where or how someone usually sleeps, use sleep rather than asleep.

She slept for almost ten hours.
Where does the baby sleep?

Be Careful!
Asleep is only used after a verb. Don't use it in front of a noun. Don't, for example, say 'an asleep child'. Instead use sleeping.

I glanced down at the sleeping figure.
She was carrying a sleeping baby.

Don't say that someone is 'very asleep' or 'completely asleep'. Instead say that they are sound asleep or fast asleep.

The baby is still sound asleep.
You were fast asleep when I left.
3. 'go to sleep'

When someone changes from being awake to being asleep, you say that they go to sleep.

Both the children had gone to sleep.
Go to sleep and stop worrying about it.
4. 'fall asleep'

When someone goes to sleep suddenly or unexpectedly, you say that they fall asleep.

The moment my head touched the pillow I fell asleep.
Marco fell asleep watching TV.
5. 'get to sleep'

When someone goes to sleep with difficulty, for example because of noise or worries, you say that they get to sleep.

Could you turn that radio down – I'm trying to get to sleep.
I didn't get to sleep until four in the morning.
6. 'go back to sleep'

When someone goes to sleep again after being woken up, you say that they go back to sleep.

She rolled over and went back to sleep.
Go back to sleep, it's only five a.m.
7. 'send someone to sleep'

If something causes you to sleep, you say that it sends you to sleep.

I brought him a hot drink, hoping it would send him to sleep.
I tried to read the books but they sent me to sleep.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.asleep - in a state of sleepasleep - in a state of sleep; "were all asleep when the phone rang"; "fell asleep at the wheel"
incognizant, unaware - (often followed by `of') not aware; "seemed unaware of the scrutiny"; "unaware of the danger they were in"; "unaware of the newborn hope"; "the most unaware person I've known"
unconscious - not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead; "lay unconscious on the floor"
awake - not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; "lay awake thinking about his new job"; "still not fully awake"
2.asleep - lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold"
insensible - incapable of physical sensation; "insensible to pain"; "insensible earth"
3.asleep - deadasleep - dead; "he is deceased"; "our dear departed friend"
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
dead - no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"
Adv.1.asleep - into a sleeping stateasleep - into a sleeping state; "he fell asleep"
2.asleep - in the sleep of deathasleep - in the sleep of death    

asleep

adjective sleeping, napping, dormant, crashed out (slang), dozing, slumbering, snoozing (informal), fast asleep, sound asleep, out for the count, dead to the world (informal), in a deep sleep My daughter was asleep on the sofa.

asleep

adjective
1. In a state of sleep:
Idioms: dead to the world, fast asleep, in a sound sleep, out like a light.
2. Lacking physical feeling or sensitivity:
Translations
خَدِر، ساكِن الحَرَكَهنَائِمنائِم
spícízdřevěnělý
sovesover
unessa
zaspao
elzsibbadt
dofinnsofandi
眠って
잠들어
miegantisnutirpęsužmigti
aizmidzisnotirpis
spiaci
speč
sovande
นอนหลับ
uykudauyumaktauyuşmuş
buồn ngủ

asleep

[əˈsliːp] ADJ
1. (= not awake) → dormido
to be asleepestar dormido
to be fast or sound asleepestar profundamente dormido
to fall asleepdormirse, quedarse dormido
2. (= numb) → adormecido
my foot's asleepse me ha (quedado) dormido el pie

asleep

[əˈsliːp] adjendormi(e)
to be asleep → dormir, être endormi(e)
He's asleep → Il dort.
to fall asleep → s'endormir
I fell asleep in front of the TV → Je me suis endormi devant la télé.
fast asleep, sound asleep → profondément endormi(e)
to be fast asleep, to be sound asleep → dormir à poings fermés

asleep

adj pred
(= sleeping)schlafend; to be (fast or sound) asleep(fest) schlafen; he was sitting there, asleeper saß da und schlief; to fall asleepeinschlafen (also euph); to lie asleepschlafen; he is not dead, only asleeper ist nicht tot, er schläft nur or liegt nur im Schlaf (geh) ? half ADV a
(inf: = numb) → eingeschlafen

asleep

[əˈsliːp] adjaddormentato/a
to be asleep → dormire
to be fast asleep → dormire profondamente
to fall asleep → addormentarsi
my foot's asleep → mi si è addormentato or intorpidito il piede

asleep

(əˈsliːp) adjective
1. sleeping. The baby is asleep.
2. of arms and legs etc, numb. My foot's asleep.
fall asleep
He fell asleep eventually.

asleep

نَائِم spící sover schlafend κοιμισμένος dormido unessa endormi zaspao addormentato 眠って 잠들어 slapend sovende pogrążony (we śnie) adormecido спящий sovande นอนหลับ uykuda buồn ngủ 睡着的

asleep

a. dormido-a;
vi.
to fall ___dormirse, quedarse ___.

asleep

adj dormido; to fall — dormirse, quedarse dormido; My foot fell asleep..Se me durmió el pie; to stay — permanecer dormido, mantener el sueño
References in classic literature ?
Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies, who had not yet given her gift, came forward, and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled, but that she could soften its mischief; so her gift was, that the king's daughter, when the spindle wounded her, should not really die, but should only fall asleep for a hundred years.
I fell asleep the moment I tried to read; and if I did manage to keep my eyes open for several pages, I could not remember the contents of those pages.
That she looked at the candle she had left burning, and, measuring the time like King Alfred the Great, was confirmed by its wasted state in her belief that she had been asleep for some considerable period.
Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet on a foot warmer, and awakens the next day with his feet all burned off
I thought our gentlemen would be asleep, but I heard them chattering.
But on the forecastle-head we found three sailors asleep.
In the meantime the two little ducklings had fallen asleep, and the little drake lay between them, covered up by their wings, to be kept warm under their feathers.
He was conscious of being still asleep, and of acting rather in obedience to some unseen and unknown command than in accordance with any reasonable plan, to be followed by results which he understood.
Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever.
This Zarathustra did; and no sooner had he laid himself on the ground in the stillness and secrecy of the variegated grass, than he had forgotten his little thirst, and fell asleep.
When I bent over her I could see that she was still asleep.
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head.