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verb sleep pronunciation in British English /sliːp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysleep
he/she/itsleeps
present participlesleeping
past tenseslept
past participleslept
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to go into a natural state in which you are unconscious for a time and your body rests, especially for several hours at night
    sleep well/soundly:

    I didn’t sleep very well last night.

    sleep badly:

    We both slept badly and felt terrible the next day.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [never passive] to have enough room or beds for a particular number of people to sleep in
    sleeps four/six/etc:

    Our house at the beach sleeps six comfortably.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] mainly literary if a place or building sleeps, all the people who live there are sleeping, especially at night

    New York City is sometimes called ‘the city that never sleeps’.

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