If you're asleep, you're not awake and reading this. A baby might find it hard to fall asleep without being held and rocked.

Some people snore when they're asleep, and others have strange, vivid dreams. In either case, their eyes are closed and they're in a state of rest that's close to being unconscious. You can also use asleep figuratively, to mean "numb," as when your leg falls asleep, or "inattentive," as when the opposing soccer team is asleep and your team beats them easily.

Definitions of asleep
  1. adjective
    in a state of sleep
    “were all asleep when the phone rang”
    “fell asleep at the wheel”
    at rest
    in a state of repose or especially sleep
    dormant, hibernating, torpid
    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
    dozy, drowsing, drowsy
    half asleep
    fast asleep, sound asleep
    sleeping deeply
    of or relating to a state of sleep or hypnosis
    sleepy, sleepy-eyed, sleepyheaded
    ready to fall asleep
    slumberous, slumbery, slumbrous, somnolent
    inclined to or marked by drowsiness
    still asleep
    incognizant, unaware
    (often followed by `of') not aware
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
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    not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
    alert, watchful
    engaged in or accustomed to close observation
    astir, up
    out of bed
    (somewhat formal) having been waked up
    insomniac, sleepless, watchful
    experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
    unsleeping, wide-awake
    fully awake
    wakeful, waking
    marked by full consciousness or alertness
    aware, cognisant, cognizant
    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
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  2. adjective
    synonyms: at peace, at rest, deceased, departed, gone
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
  3. adjective
    lacking sensation
    “my foot is asleep
    synonyms: benumbed, numb
    incapable of physical sensation
  4. adverb
    into a sleeping state
    “he fell asleep
  5. adverb
    in the sleep of death
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