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asleep

[uh-sleep] /əˈslip/
adverb
1.
in or into a state of sleep:
He fell asleep quickly.
2.
into a dormant or inactive state; to rest:
Their anxieties were put asleep.
3.
into the state of death.
adjective
4.
sleeping:
He is asleep.
5.
dormant; inactive.
6.
(of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
7.
dead.
Origin of asleep
1000
before 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe, Old English on slǣpe; see a-1, sleep
Related forms
half-asleep, adjective
quasi-asleep, adjective, adverb
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  • Nasmyth was half-asleep when the cook and the leader of the gang came in.

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  • I was half-asleep when I heard a new noise under the sledge.

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  • Fouquet had just retired to his room, still smiling, but more than half-asleep.

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  • Allan was half-asleep, or what did instead, in one of his abstracted moods.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • His words, though only muttered, awaken Cypriano, still only half-asleep.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • She was half-asleep when I went in, dreaming as it seemed, and pleasantly.

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  • They had seen him leaning against the cart as if half-asleep.

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  • There was no skurrying of rabbits, or twitter of the half-asleep birds.

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British Dictionary definitions for half-asleep

half-asleep

adjective
1.
neither fully asleep nor awake

asleep

/əˈsliːp/
adjective (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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Word Origin and History for half-asleep

asleep

adj.

c.1200, aslepe, o slæpe, from Old English on slæpe (see sleep). The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, "numb through stoppage of circulation," from late 14c. Meaning "inattentive, off guard" is from mid-14c.

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half-asleep in Medicine

asleep a·sleep (ə-slēp')
adj.

  1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.

  2. Numb, as of a limb.

  3. Dead.

adv.
  1. In or into a state of sleep.

  2. In or into a state of apathy or indifference.

  3. Into the sleep of the dead.

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Idioms and Phrases with half-asleep

asleep

In addition to the idiom beginning with asleep also see: fall asleep
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