\ ˈləl How to pronounce lull (audio) \
lulled; lulling; lulls

Definition of lull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sleep or rest : soothe He was lulled to sleep by her soothing voice.
2 : to cause to relax vigilance were lulled into a false sense of security



Definition of lull (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a temporary pause or decline in activity the early-morning lull in urban noise : such as
a : a temporary drop in business activity
b : a temporary calm before or during a storm
2 archaic : something that lulls especially : lullaby

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lull

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of lull in a Sentence

Verb The music lulled him to sleep. the absence of attacks for such an extended period had lulled the nation into a false sense of security Noun we took the opportunity of a lull in the conversation to announce that we were engaged to be married
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, don’t let the lack of news lull you into sleep. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Thin Soup: With Fresh News Scarce, Focus Stays On Infrastructure, Fed, Vaccine Data," 6 Apr. 2021 The Spartans didn’t let the fast start lull them into a sense of security and came out in the second quarter just as ready. cleveland, "Richmond Heights breezes to Div. IV regional final, routing Bristol 77-37," 10 Mar. 2021 Block out that annoying sun and let your favorite sleep app lull you to dreamland without the annoyance of headphones. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "These 5 items will make life easier at work or home," 8 Mar. 2021 Blackwell was buttoned up in a gray suit with a crisp white shirt and spoke with a hint of a Southern accent in a voice modulated to soothe rather than lull. Washington Post, "Justice by the numbers," 29 Mar. 2021 Go to bed with the windows open and let the sound of the sea lull you to sleep. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Hidden Island Off the Coast of Tuscany Offers Crystalline Sea Views, Hidden Coves for Snorkeling, and Amazing Hikes," 20 Mar. 2021 Psst: Tucking an infant into an Ergobaby and going for a hike is also a surefire way to lull her to sleep—a lovely bonus gift! Outdoor Life, "Best Gifts For Mom Under $200: Cool Gifts for Moms Who Love the Outdoors," 22 Mar. 2021 The sound soother offers eight relaxing choices to lull you to sleep, from white noise to rain, ocean and a babbling brook. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Best white noise machines in 2021, according to experts," 18 Mar. 2021 Additionally, guests can take part in a yoga-meets-riding experience, where they are guided through a gentle yoga class while on horseback on the nearby beach as the soft sounds of the waves crashing help lull them even deeper into relaxation. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Do Yoga With Horses on the Beaches of Indonesia," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a lull in mid-2020, deal making in the region has resumed, with small, mostly private players buying up assets being sold by global giants. David Hodari, WSJ, "Energy Giants Ditch Oil and Coal Projects. Smaller Rivals Want Them.," 21 Apr. 2021 The massacre is the latest in a string of mass shootings after a lull amid the COVID-19 pandemic. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "California shooting suspect's arraignment postponed until he's conscious and able to speak," 6 Apr. 2021 To his point … Bogdanovic drilled a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter, then, after a lull, picked it up again late — mostly by operating out of the paint and either earning trips to the free-throw line or finding teammates for better looks. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz struggle without Donovan Mitchell, but also show they can win without him," 31 Mar. 2021 But Louisville’s offensive lull was brief, as the Cardinals led 43-33 after three. oregonlive, "Louisville’s Dana Evans scores 29 as Cardinals end injury-riddled Oregon’s season with a 60-42 win," 28 Mar. 2021 On May 20, 2020, after a lull in active-shooter incidents during the pandemic, a 20-year-old gunman in Glendale, Ariz., wounded three people near a popular shopping complex, days after the state’s stay-at-home orders expired. Melissa Chan, Time, "Mass Shootings: 'This Is What Normal Has Come to Be Like in America'," 24 Mar. 2021 After a lull in mass shootings during the pandemic, the past week has brought dual horrors. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden under pressure as Democrats step up demands for gun control after Colorado market massacre," 23 Mar. 2021 The rapid and sustained spread of the variant in Brazil also gave its health-care system no breathing room, unlike a lull between waves over the last months of 2020 in India, which helped hospitals and frontline workers recover and plan ahead. Chris Kay, Fortune, "COVID is deadlier in Brazil—and nobody knows why," 16 Apr. 2021 After a relative lull during the winter months, protests similar to those that occurred last summer have been ramping up again in Portland. oregonlive, "Portland police brace for more protests after declaring riot at Penumbra Kelly Building," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lull


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1719, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for lull

Verb and Noun

Middle English; probably of imitative origin

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The first known use of lull was in the 14th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Lull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to fall asleep or become sleepy
: to cause (someone) to feel safe and relaxed instead of careful and alert



English Language Learners Definition of lull (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief time when an action or activity stops


\ ˈləl How to pronounce lull (audio) \
lulled; lulling

Kids Definition of lull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or become sleepy or less watchful lulled by the bobbing of the raft … I went to sleep again.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay



Kids Definition of lull (Entry 2 of 2)

: a period of calm or inactivity There was a lull in the storm.

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