(adjective, adverb)


1. in a state of sleep

- were all asleep when the phone rang

- fell asleep at the wheel

Similar word(s): dormant, hibernating, torpid, dozy, drowsing, drowsy, hypnoid, sleepy, sleepyheaded, slumberous, slumbery, slumbrous, somnolent, unawakened, incognizant, unaware, unconscious

2. lacking sensation

- my foot is asleep

Similar word(s): insensible, benumbed, numb

3. dead

Similar word(s): dead, deceased, departed, gone

Sentences with asleep as an adjective:

- I was asleep when you called.

- Never disturb a man asleep.

- How could you miss that? Were you asleep?

- My arm fell asleep. You know, like pins and needles.


1. into a sleeping state

- he fell asleep

2. in the sleep of death