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  Dictionary Definition of sleep

verb, slept, sleeping, noun

-- verb (i)
1. to take the repose or rest afforded by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of the bodily functions and the natural suspension, complete or partial, of consciousness.
2. to be dormant, quiescent, or inactive, as faculties.
3. to be unalert or inattentive.
4. to lie in death.
-- verb (t)
5. to take rest in (sleep).
6. to have beds or sleeping accommodation for: a caravan that sleeps four.
-- noun
7. the state of a person, animal, or plant that sleeps.
8. a period of sleeping: a brief sleep.
9. dormancy or inactivity.
10. the repose of death.
11. the mucus congealed in the corner of the eyes which has been secreted while sleeping.
12. Prison Colloquial a prison sentence longer than seven days but less than three months.
-- phrase
13. put to sleep, ( euphemistic ) to kill by giving a painless poison or lethal injection, usually to an animal.
14. sleep around, to be sexually promiscuous.
15. sleep away or sleep out, to spend or pass (time, etc.) in sleep.
16. sleep in, to sleep later than usual.
17. sleep off, to get rid of (a headache, hangover, etc.) by sleeping.
18. sleep on, to postpone (a decision, etc.) overnight.
19. sleep out, a. to sleep away from the place of one's work. b. to sleep in the open air.
20. sleep under the house, Colloquial to be in disgrace or disfavour.
21. sleep with, to have sexual intercourse with.
[ME slepe, OE slepan, slapan, c. G schlafen ]