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ASLEEP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does asleep mean? 

ASLEEP (adjective)
  The adjective ASLEEP has 3 senses:

1. in a state of sleep
2. lacking sensation
3. dead

  Familiarity information: ASLEEP used as an adjective is uncommon.


ASLEEP (adverb)
  The adverb ASLEEP has 2 senses:

1. into a sleeping state
2. in the sleep of death

  Familiarity information: ASLEEP used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASLEEP (adjective)


Sense 1asleep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a state of sleep

Context examples:

were all asleep when the phone rang / fell asleep at the wheel

Similar:

unawakened (still asleep)

slumberous; slumbery; slumbrous; somnolent (inclined to or marked by drowsiness)

sleepy; sleepy-eyed; sleepyheaded (ready to fall asleep)

hypnoid (of or relating to a state of sleep or hypnosis)

fast asleep; sound asleep (sleeping deeply)

dozy; drowsing; drowsy (half asleep)

dormant; hibernating; torpid (in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation)

at rest (in a state of repose or especially sleep)

Also:

incognizant; unaware ((often followed by 'of') not aware)

unconscious (not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead)

Antonym:

awake (not in a state of sleep; completely conscious)


Sense 2asleep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking sensation

Synonyms:

benumbed; numb; asleep

Context examples:

my foot is asleep / numb with cold

Similar:

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)


Sense 3asleep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dead

Synonyms:

at peace; deceased; at rest; asleep; departed; gone

Context examples:

he is deceased / our dear departed friend

Similar:

dead (no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life)

Domain usage:

euphemism (an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive)


ASLEEP (adverb)


Sense 1asleep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Into a sleeping state

Context example:

he fell asleep

Pertainym:

asleep (in a state of sleep)


Sense 2asleep [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the sleep of death

Pertainym:

asleep (dead)


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