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adjective [never before noun] asleep pronunciation in British English /əˈsliːp/

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    not awake
    Are you asleep yet?
    fast/sound/deeply asleep (=sleeping very deeply): The children are fast asleep in their rooms.
    half asleep (=not fully awake): I groped for the phone, still half asleep.
    fall asleep (=begin to sleep): She was so tired she fell asleep sitting in her chair.
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the buying and selling of human organs

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