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English noun: sleep

1. sleep (state) a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended

SamplesHe didn't get enough sleep last night.
Calm as a child in dreamless slumber.


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

Narrower (hyponym)nonrapid eye movement, nonrapid eye movement sleep, NREM, NREM sleep, orthodox sleep, paradoxical sleep, rapid eye movement, rapid eye movement sleep, REM, REM sleep, shuteye, sleeping

2. sleep (state) a torpid state resembling deep sleep


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

3. sleep (time) a period of time spent sleeping

SamplesHe felt better after a little sleep.
There wasn't time for a nap.


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Narrower (hyponym)beauty sleep, kip

4. sleep (state) euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)

SamplesShe was laid to rest beside her husband.
They had to put their family pet to sleep.

Synonymseternal rest, eternal sleep, quietus, rest

Broader (hypernym)death

English verb: sleep

1. sleep (body) be asleep

ExamplesSam and Sue sleep

Synonymscatch some Z's, kip, log Z's, slumber

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)rest

Narrower (hyponym)aestivate, bundle, catch a wink, catnap, estivate, hibernate, hole up, nap, practice bundling, sleep in, sleep late


2. sleep (stative) be able to accommodate for sleeping

SamplesThis tent sleeps six people.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accommodate, admit, hold

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