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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.
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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
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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]
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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.
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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 death    
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

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:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

asleep

a. dormido-a;
vi.
to fall ___dormirse, quedarse ___.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

asleep

adj dormido; to fall — dormirse, quedarse dormido; My foot fell asleep..Se me durmió el pie; to stay — permanecer dormido, mantener el sueño
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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