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asleep

[ uh-sleep ]
/ əˈslip /
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adverb

in or into a state of sleep: He fell asleep quickly.
into a dormant or inactive state; to rest: Their anxieties were put asleep.
into the state of death.

adjective

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Origin of asleep

before 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe,Old English on slǣpe;see a-1, sleep
half-a·sleep, adjectivequa·si-a·sleep, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for asleep

asleep
/ (əˈsliːp) /

adjective (postpositive)

in or into a state of sleep
in or into a dormant or inactive state
(of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
euphemistic dead
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Medical definitions for asleep

asleep
[ ə-slēp ]

adj.

In a state of sleep; sleeping.
Numb, as of a limb.
Dead.

adv.

In or into a state of sleep.
In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
Into the sleep of the dead.
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Idioms and Phrases with asleep

asleep

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