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sleepnoun [U]

us   /slip/
the resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious: I usually sit up in bed and watch the TV news before going to sleep.

sleepverb [I/T]

us   /slip/ past tense and past participle slept /slept/
to be in a resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious: [I] I was too excited to sleep much that night. [T] The boat sleeps four (= has space for four people to sleep) comfortably.
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"sleep" in British English

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sleepnoun

uk   /sliːp/ us   /sliːp/
  • sleep noun (NOT AWAKE)

B1 [U] the resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious: I must get some sleep - I'm exhausted.
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get/go to sleep
B1 to succeed in sleeping: I couldn't get to sleep at all last night I was so worried. You'll find that your baby usually goes to sleep after a feed.
B1 [C] a period of sleeping: UK You must be tired after all that driving - why don't you have a little sleep? He fell into a deep sleep. You'll feel better after a good night's sleep.

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  • sleep noun (SUBSTANCE)

[U] informal a yellowish substance sometimes found in the corners of the eyes after sleeping

sleepverb

uk   /sliːp/ us   /sliːp/ slept, slept
A1 [I] to be in the state of rest when your eyes are closed, your body is not active, and your mind is unconscious: I couldn't sleep because of all the noise next door. I slept late on Sunday morning. How can Jayne sleep at night with all those worries on her mind! We had dinner with Ann and Charles and slept the night there (= at their home).
[T] If a vehicle, tent, etc. sleeps a particular number of people, it provides enough space or beds for that number of people to be able to sleep in it: The tent sleeps four comfortably.
sleep like a log informal
to sleep very well: I went to bed early and slept like a log.
sleep on sth
C2 to delay making a decision about something important until the next day so that you have time to consider it carefully: Can I sleep on it, and tell you my decision tomorrow?
sleep rough UK
to sleep outside because you have no home and no money: Hundreds of kids are sleeping rough on the streets of the capital.

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sleeping
adjective uk   /ˈsliː.pɪŋ/ us   /ˈsliː.pɪŋ/
She looked lovingly at the sleeping child.
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(Definition of sleep from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sleep”
in Korean 자다…
in Arabic يَنام…
in Malaysian tidur…
in French dormir…
in Russian спать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 睡覺, 睡覺,睡眠, 一段時間的睡眠…
in Italian dormire…
in Turkish uyumak…
in Polish spać…
in Spanish dormir, sueño…
in Vietnamese ngủ…
in Portuguese dormir…
in Thai หลับ…
in German schlafen…
in Catalan dormir…
in Japanese 眠る, 寝る…
in Chinese (Simplified) 睡觉, 睡觉,睡眠, 一段时间的睡眠…
in Indonesian tidur…
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