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  1. sleep
    IPA[slēp]
  2. noun

    • 1. a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended:

      I was on the verge of sleep a good night's sleep
    • 2. a state compared to or resembling sleep, such as death or complete silence or stillness:

      a photograph of the poet in his last sleep
    • 3. a gummy or gritty secretion found in the corners of the eyes after sleep:

      she sat up, rubbing the sleep from her eyes

    verb

    • 1. be in a state of sleep; be asleep:

      she slept for half an hour
    • 2. fail to be woken by:

      he was so tired he slept through the alarm
    • 3. be inactive or dormant:

      Copenhagen likes to be known as the city that never sleeps
    • 4. be at peace in death; lie buried:

      he sleeps beneath the silver birches
    • 5. provide (a specified number of people) with beds, rooms, or places to stay the night:

      studios sleeping two people cost $70 a night
    • 6. have sexual intercourse or be involved in a sexual relationship:

      I won't sleep with a man who doesn't respect me
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: sleep

    • v.: verb: sleep, 3rd person present: sleeps, gerund or present participle: sleeping, past tense: slept, past participle: slept

    • noun

      a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended:

      a state compared to or resembling sleep, such as death or complete silence or stillness:

    • verb

      be in a state of sleep; be asleep:

      fail to be woken by:

    • noun

      the fact, state, or condition of being asleep:
    • adjective

      in a state of sleep:
    • past and past participle of sleep
    • noun

      the fact, state, or condition of being asleep:
    • adjective

      in a state of sleep:
    • past and past participle of sleep
    • adjective

      (of a domestic employee) resident in an employer's house:
    • noun

      a form of protest in which the participants sleep overnight in premises that they have occupied:
    • noun

      a period of time during which a baby stops sleeping as well as previously, typically one that appears to occur at a particular stage in the baby's development:
    • adjective

      tending to induce sleep; soporific:
    • noun

      a kind of sleep that occurs at intervals during the night and is characterized by rapid eye movements, more dreaming and bodily movement, and faster pulse and breathing.
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