Definition of asleep adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈsliːp//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈsliːp//
[not before noun]
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sleeping The baby was sound asleep (= sleeping deeply) upstairs. I waited until they were all fast asleep (= sleeping deeply). He was so exhausted that he fell asleep at his desk. She was still half asleep (= not fully awake) when she arrived at work. The police found him asleep in a garage. opposite awake More Like This Adjectives that do not come before a noun afloat, addicted, afraid, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep, awakeSee worksheet. Extra examplesAt the end of the afternoon they were exhausted and half asleep. I fell asleep almost immediately. The baby lay peacefully asleep in its cradle. The children were all sound asleep in bed.
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