lull

verb
\ ˈləl \
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

lull

noun

Definition of lull (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : something that lulls especially : lullaby

2 : a temporary pause or decline in activity the early-morning lull in urban noise : such as

a : a temporary calm before or during a storm

b : a temporary drop in business activity

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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

And while there is plenty of pink to be had, don’t let glossy ad campaigns lull you into thinking that’s all there is. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "These Provençal pours are not the rosé you expect," 28 May 2018 Westworld indicts not just the companies that lull their users into a false sense of security, but also the system that enables them. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Westworld’s Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy," 24 June 2018 Perhaps that is what lulled David Seaman into stepping off his line. SI.com, "On This Day: 21st June - Ronaldinho Wonder Free-Kick Dumps England Out of 2002 World Cup," 21 June 2018 There was even a time when people worried about highway hypnosis, the tendency for smooth, uninterrupted freeways to lull drivers to their doom. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Now, after just one win and 120 minutes of trying to lull Russia to sleep, tiki-taka needs a rethink. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Prices are rising everywhere, so I was lulled into thinking that was the way of the world. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Bauer’s trip to Kansas: $17 main courses and homes for $75,000," 15 May 2018 Not that one game should lull Texas into a false sense of security. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Longhorns’ season on brink," 18 June 2018 These rap-line monsters with word play man... #땡 #ddaeng #dang #2018BTSFESTA #방탄소년단 #BTS @BTS_twt — JL_Kdiamond (@JL_Kdiamond) June 10, 2018 #Ddaeng The layers in the music lulls you to submission while the lyrics beat the crap out of you. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS' ARMY Reacts to 'Ddaeng' Diss Track," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, the resulting film, made in association with Pepsi and directed by Charles Stone III, falls into a disappointingly formulaic lull for large stretches, squeezing all spontaneity from the proceedings. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 June 2018 In the lull between the afternoon class, a crafting session called Tea & Textiles, and the early evening letter-writing workshop, a man rushed into the Mural Arts Kensington Storefront calling for help. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Mural Arts as harm reduction: 'Today was my 24th overdose reversal'," 15 May 2018 All around this historic port, residents paused in the lull before tourist season to recall a woman who seemed more like a friendly neighbor than a former occupant of the White House. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Kennebunkport recalls Barbara Bush as a generous, friendly neighbor," 18 Apr. 2018 Tiger Golf has been in a lull ever since Tiger Woods faded away from scandal and injuries. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "Report: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational headed to Memphis in 2019," 10 Apr. 2018 The impulse to check your phone at a stoplight is no different than the impulse to check it in the Starbucks line, or on the toilet, or in the elevator, or during a lull in conversation. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Hallgrimsson said this year during a lull in Iceland’s soccer schedule here. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "With a Coach Who Pulls Teeth to Relax, Iceland Becomes a Contender," 14 June 2018 An Indian man stands near marks on a wall caused by cross border firing, during a lull in shelling between India and Pakistan in Jora farm village, in Ranbir Singh Pura district, India, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Washington Post, "Pakistan, India agree to stop trading fire in Kashmir," 30 May 2018 Will an authentic sounding assistant lull users into revealing their most private details to a company that amassed $95 billion in advertising revenue last year? David Pierson, latimes.com, "Should people know they're talking to an algorithm? After a controversial debut, Google now says yes," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of lull

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lull

Verb

Middle English; probably of imitative origin

Noun

see lull entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near lull

Lule

Luleå

Luleburgaz

lull

lullaby

luller

Lullian

Phrases Related to lull

the calm/lull before the storm

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More Definitions for lull

lull

verb

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

lull

noun

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

: a brief time when an action or activity stops

lull

verb
\ ˈləl \
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

lull

noun

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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