fall asleep

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fall asleep (third-person singular simple present falls asleep, present participle falling asleep, simple past fell asleep, past participle fallen asleep)

  1. To pass from a state of wakefulness into sleep.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter II:
      She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
  2. To be affected by paresthesia.
    My left leg has fallen asleep!
  3. (poetic, euphemistic) To die (often seen on gravestones).
    John Doe, fell asleep 1 January 2001

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