sleep 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 sleep.
VERB (past and past part. slept) 1) be asleep. 2) (sleep off) recover from (something) by going to sleep. 3) (sleep in) remain asleep or in bed later than usual in the morning. 4) provide (a specified number of people) with beds or bedrooms. 5) (sleep with) have sexual intercourse or be involved in a sexual relationship with. 6) (sleep around) have many casual sexual partners.
let sleeping dogs lie — Cf. ↑let sleeping dogs lie
put to sleep — Cf. ↑put to sleep
DERIVATIVES sleepless adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.


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