UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsliːpɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(slēping)

From the verb sleep: (⇒ conjugate)
sleeping is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. [ample, enough, large] sleeping space
  2. enough sleeping [room, space] for [four, six]
  3. need more sleeping space
  4. [find, have, arrange] sleeping accommodation
  5. make sleeping arrangements (for the trip)
  6. [take, buy, unroll] a sleeping bag
  7. [take, prescribed, overdose on] sleeping pills
  8. is a sleeping monster
  9. don't [wake, disturb] the sleeping baby
  10. [awoke, aroused, excited, stirred] the sleeping giant
  11. UK: the [team, player, actor] is a sleeping giant
  12. let sleeping dogs lie
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. sleep [soundly, deeply, well]
  2. sleeping like [a baby, the dead]
  3. did you sleep well (last night)?
  4. didn't sleep (very) well
  5. slept like a log
  6. sleep on the [couch, floor]
  7. sleep [in a tent, out in the open, under the stars]
  8. sleeping [rough, on the streets]
  9. sleep next to your [friend, brother, wife]
  10. sleep all [night, day, morning]
  11. sleep for [eight] hours (straight)
  12. sleep until [noon]
  13. slept through the [storm, sirens]
  14. sleep (over) at her house
  15. sleep with one eye open
  16. sleeps with her teddy bear
  17. sleeps with a gun [under his pillow, in her bedside table]
  18. the [pain, noise, worry] keeps me (from) sleeping
  19. have trouble sleeping
  20. can't (eat or) sleep
  21. am not sleeping [properly, well]
  22. are sleeping together
  23. sleep with her
  24. has slept with [20] [women, men]
  25. was sleeping on the job
  26. sleep off a [headache, hangover, cold]
  27. (try to) sleep it off
  28. sleep [in, late] on [Saturday, weekends]
  29. [may, can] cause you to sleep
  30. [have, need, want] to sleep
  31. the [apartment, mobile home, room] sleeps [six]
  1. a [long, short, brief, lengthy] sleep
  2. fell into a [deep, peaceful, restless] sleep
  3. need a good (uninterrupted) sleep
  4. [need] a good (night's) sleep
  5. am [low, deprived] of sleep
  6. [need, got] [eight] hours of sleep
  7. [need, get] a [full, good] [eight] hours of sleep
  8. [eight hours] of sleep a day is [enough, sufficient, recommended]
  9. an [eight-hour] sleep
  10. need to start getting more sleep
  11. [get, recover, catch up on] some sleep
  12. was in deep sleep when (the phone rang, you called)
  13. have gone [two nights, three days] without sleep
  14. the [amount, quality] of sleep
  15. rubbed the sleep from her eyes
  16. my [daughter, son] is [having, going to] a sleep-over
n as adj
  1. [monitor, study, analyze] sleep patterns
  2. adjust my sleep schedule
  3. a sleep [psychologist, analyst, experiment]
  4. [am, feel] sleep deprived
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