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Definition 1: a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended - [noun denoting state]

Samples where sleep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he didn't get enough sleep last night
  • calm as a child in dreamless slumber

Synonyms for sleep in the sense of this definition

(sleep is a kind of ...) the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

(... is a kind of sleep ) the state of being asleep

(... is a kind of sleep ) a recurring sleep state during which rapid eye movements do not occur and dreaming does not occur; accounts for about 75% of normal sleep time

(... is a kind of sleep ) a recurring sleep state during which dreaming occurs; a state of rapidly shifting eye movements during sleep

(... is a kind of sleep ) informal term for sleep

Definition 2: euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where sleep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was laid to rest beside her husband
  • they had to put their family pet to sleep

Synonyms for sleep in the sense of this definition

(sleep is a kind of ...) the absence of life or state of being dead

"he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

Definition 3: a torpid state resembling deep sleep - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for sleep in the sense of this definition

(sleep is a kind of ...) the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

Definition 4: a period of time spent sleeping - [noun denoting time]

Samples where sleep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt better after a little sleep
  • there wasn't time for a nap

Synonyms for sleep in the sense of this definition

(sleep is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep before midnight

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep

"roused him from his kip"

Definition 5: be asleep - [verb of body]

Synonyms for sleep in the sense of this definition

(sleep is a kind of ...) be at rest

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep fully clothed in the same bed with one's betrothed

(... is a kind of sleep ) take a siesta

"She naps everyday after lunch for an hour"

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep later than usual or customary

"On Sundays, I sleep in"

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep during winter

"Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"

(... is a kind of sleep ) sleep during summer

"certain animals estivate"

Definition 6: be able to accommodate for sleeping - [verb of stative]

Samples where sleep or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This tent sleeps six people

(sleep is a kind of ...) have room for; hold without crowding

"This hotel can accommodate 250 guests" "The theater admits 300 people" "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

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