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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Synonyms & Antonyms for lull

Synonyms: Verb

becalm, calm, compose, lullaby, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], salve, settle, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

Synonyms: Noun

break, breath, breather, interruption, pause, recess

Antonyms: Verb

agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, key (up), perturb, upset, vex

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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

Much of the rest blends folk, pop, and country into ruminations as lulling as a musical lava lamp. Franklin Soults, BostonGlobe.com, "Will Dailey applies a ’70s sheen to his midlife reflections," 30 May 2018 While some people like being lulled to sleep by rain, our summer storms are not usually gentle showers. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Sleepless in Arizona? It's that time of year," 13 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some 3,000 employees, mostly dispatch workers, were asked to take leave in most of January and February, a lull that follows the peak holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Europe. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Watchdog criticizes conditions at Chinese factory that builds Amazon Echo speakers," 9 June 2018 In a brief lull during the killings, Shaw rushed the gunman and tore away his rifle. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. met with Parkland students — over breakfast at Denny’s," 13 May 2018 Not so recently for the Kings, who have had trouble staying engaged and suffered bouts of ineffectiveness typical of a midseason lull. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Red Wings," 16 Mar. 2018 Private-equity interest in energy-focused software deals has picked up after a more than two-year lull. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Software Firm Quorum Plans to Ride Oil Rebound to a New Owner," 8 July 2018 There appears to be a structural change in China’s economy around this time—not just a lull in growth. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Energy shifts could mean China’s carbon emissions are done growing," 5 July 2018 After a lull, the number of women and children making the perilous journey over land from Central America to the United States has spiked. Mark Dent, Anchorage Daily News, "Sessions vows to prosecute all illegal border crossers and separate children from their parents," 8 May 2018 And global greenhouse gas emissions, after a brief lull from 2014 to 2016, are rising again. David Roberts, Vox, "3 charts that show we’re moving way too slowly on climate change," 30 Apr. 2018 Homeland Security issued statistics to back the memo, noting monthly southwest border apprehensions reached 50,306 in March and were increasing sharply after a lull last year. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "In drafting border plan, Trump uses road map drawn by Bush and Obama," 8 Apr. 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

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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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