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lull

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verb \ ˈləl \

Definition of lull

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

Examples of lull in a Sentence

  1. The music lulled him to sleep.

  2. the absence of attacks for such an extended period had lulled the nation into a false sense of security

Recent Examples of lull from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lull

Middle English; probably of imitative origin


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lull

noun

Definition of lull

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

Examples of lull in a Sentence

  1. we took the opportunity of a lull in the conversation to announce that we were engaged to be married

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Origin and Etymology of lull

see 1lull

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LULL Defined for English Language Learners

lull

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verb

Definition of lull for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to fall asleep or become sleepy

  • : to cause (someone) to feel safe and relaxed instead of careful and alert


lull

noun

Definition of lull for English Language Learners

  • : a brief time when an action or activity stops


LULL Defined for Kids

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lull

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verb \ ˈləl \

Definition of lull for Students

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

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lull

noun

Definition of lull for Students

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


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