WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•sleep /əˈslip/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. in or into a state of sleep: The baby was lying fast asleep in the crib.

adj. [be + ~]
  1. sleeping: He is asleep.
  2. dormant;
    inactive:The volcano has been asleep for years.
  3. numb: My foot is asleep.
  4. inattentive;
    not paying attention:He was asleep on the job.
  1. fall asleep: 
    • go into a state of sleep.
    • (of a part of the body) become numb:My foot fell asleep after a few hours of sitting still.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•sleep  (ə slēp),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in or into a state of sleep:He fell asleep quickly.
  2. into a dormant or inactive state;
    to rest:Their anxieties were put asleep.
  3. into the state of death.

  1. sleeping:He is asleep.
  2. dormant;
  3. (of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
  4. dead.
  • bef. 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe, Old English on slǣpe; see a-1, sleep

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