verb (used without object), slept, sleep·ing.
verb (used with object), slept, sleep·ing.
- (especially of domestic help) to sleep where one is employed.
- to sleep beyond one's usual time of arising.
- (especially of domestic help) to sleep away from one's place of employment.
- Chiefly Northern U.S. to sleep away from one's home.
- to sleep outdoors.
Origin of sleep
Related formssleep·ful, adjectivesleep·like, adjectivean·ti·sleep, adjectiveun·der·sleep, verb (used without object), un·der·slept, un·der·sleep·ing.
Examples from the Web for sleep
Lee would stay up late, unable to sleep from the pains he had in his back.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On some Sundays he came to church with only two hours of sleep.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Detainees there were subject to sleep deprivation, shackled to bars with their hands above their heads.
Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep is paramount to achieving high performance.
And since she was so tired, she wanted to lay down and sleep.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tobias had seemed impressed, and promised his answer in the morning, leaving her to sleep—with a sentry at her cabin door.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
Jack took off his clothes quickly, but though he was weary he could not go to sleep.The Blue Fairy Book|Various
The hotel being quite full of visitors, two of our party had to sleep in the parlour on sofas of the horse-hair order.Reminiscences of Travel in Australia, America, and Egypt|Richard Tangye
Frye was caught in a trap of his own setting and could not sleep nights.Uncle Terry|Charles Clark Munn
After a light dinner I lay down on my bed, but it was too close and hot to sleep.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
British Dictionary definitions for sleep
verb sleeps, sleeping or slept
Word Origin for sleep
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Idioms and Phrases with sleep
In addition to the idioms beginning with sleep
- sleep around
- sleep a wink, not
- sleep in
- sleep like a log
- sleep on something
- sleep out
- sleep over
- sleep through
- sleep with
- let sleeping dogs lie
- lose sleep over
- put to sleep
Also see underasleep.