Definition of asleep in English:



  • 1[predicative] In a state of sleep.

    ‘she had been asleep for over three hours’
    ‘a man lay asleep’
    ‘he soon fell asleep’
    • ‘She rubbed his head till he fell asleep again, and she soon drifted off to sleep once more.’
    • ‘So I fell asleep on the pull out couch in my studio apartment the minute I got home.’
    • ‘I flew back from Seoul last night and fell asleep almost right away.’
    • ‘I was so glad of my bed when I got to it that I fell asleep right away, and slept through until I was woken by the phone at eight.’
    • ‘I don't know what's wearing me out at the moment, but for the first time in years I actually fell asleep on the train.’
    • ‘As I fell asleep halfway through, I never did discover how that turned out.’
    • ‘One night she was at a party and fell asleep sitting on the speakerbox.’
    • ‘Samuel smiled and wrapped his arms around her as he too dozed off and fell asleep.’
    • ‘He was so exhausted from today's walk that when he sat down to rest, he fell asleep.’
    • ‘I fell asleep sometime after that and had some very disturbed dreams.’
    • ‘At about three or four that morning, I dropped my book and fell asleep.’
    • ‘My mom wound it up every night and it plinked its way though the melody until I fell asleep.’
    • ‘I fell asleep on the train from Victoria to Brighton the other evening.’
    • ‘I fell asleep knowing that whatever we had, it was finished, that this moment would be the last, that I had to let him go.’
    • ‘When I got to Las Vegas, I got my racing number and went back to the car to rest and fell asleep.’
    • ‘I used to listen to your breathing for hours after you fell asleep at night.’
    • ‘She had pizza bagels for lunch and fell asleep for a nap soon after we were done.’
    • ‘When they got home Nan fell asleep on the couch and remained asleep for the rest of the afternoon.’
    • ‘There they fell asleep and slept peacefully, as lovers did when they were together.’
    • ‘After he fell asleep, I sat on the bed and just spent a couple of minutes looking at him.’
    sleeping, fast asleep, sound asleep, in a deep sleep, slumbering, napping, catnapping, dozing, resting, reposing, drowsing, dormant, comatose
    sleeping, fast asleep, sound asleep, in a deep sleep, slumbering, napping, catnapping, dozing, resting, reposing, drowsing, dormant, comatose
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    1. 1.1Not attentive or alert; inactive.
      ‘the competition was not asleep’
      • ‘I felt like a part of my brain was numb or asleep, but at the same time liberated.’
      • ‘I asked quite silly and half asleep what he was doing home again when he sort of mouped that it was all closed and no one was there.’
      • ‘Matt was both alert and asleep at the same time, the feeling one gets when one spends the entire night awake drinking coffee.’
    2. 1.2(of a limb) having no feeling; numb.
      ‘his legs were asleep’
      • ‘It's the fancy medical term for that nasty tingling that crawls up your leg when your foot's asleep.’
      • ‘Her hand had fallen asleep as it clutched her blanket around her shoulders.’
      • ‘Piper and Blair found a bench to sit down at while rubbed my leg which had fallen asleep on the ride up.’
      • ‘Brayden woke with a crick in his neck, his arm asleep and the blankets too warm about him.’
      • ‘It didn't feel so good at the time - my legs were still asleep and came slowly to life on the treadmill.’
      • ‘Then I realized that my left foot was completely asleep and I could not move it or feel it at all.’
      • ‘Then he would ask for her to help him to stand up, because his legs had fallen asleep.’
    3. 1.3literary Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is dead.
      • ‘The dead lie asleep, but in the second coming they shall be awakened from their graves and clothed in new skin.’