Meaning of SLEEP in English

■ noun

1》 a regularly recurring condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

2》 a gummy secretion found in the corners of the eyes after ~.

■ verb ( past and past participle slept slɛpt )

1》 be in a state of ~.

↘( ~ something off ) recover from something by going to ~.

↘( ~ in ) remain a~ or in bed later than usual in the morning.

2》 provide (a specified number of people) with beds or bedrooms.

3》 ( ~ together/with ) have sex or be involved in a sexual relationship.

↘( ~ around ) have many casual sexual partners.


put someone to ~ make someone unconscious with drugs or anaesthetic.

put something to ~ kill an animal painlessly.

~ like a log (or top ) ~ very soundly.


~less adjective

~lessly adverb

~lessness noun


OE slēp , slp (n.), slēpan , slpan (v.), of Gmc origin.

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