\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yes, that welcome light and frosty greeting can lull you into a sense of security. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Views of the marine life will lull guests to sleep and greet them again the following morning. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2022 Live performance returns control of volume and dynamics back to the actors and their technical colleagues, allowing them to both lull and startle us. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Thursday and Friday will remain in the low to mid 80s as weekend temperatures lull the region into cooler temperatures come Sunday. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 15 Mar. 2022 For too long, extremists passing as mainstream have used cocktails of lies and fear laced with bigotry to lull Americans into a normalized and dangerous defeatism. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Don’t let the constant drone of life lull you into a false sense of security. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 The goal was to continue China’s beneficial trading, scientific and technological exchange relationships with the United States and lull the American eagle to sleep. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The hypnotic cadence seems to lull her into a state of serenity. Peter Keough,, 6 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Crypto is going through the lull that the internet went through. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 10 May 2022 So in 2022 VCs are pouring more money into earlier stage startups in the hopes of waiting out the lull in IPO interest. Walter Frick, Quartz, 4 May 2022 The number of Californians hospitalized with COVID-19 has dipped below an average of 1,000 this week — the first time that’s happened since the pandemic’s summer lull last June. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 Ukraine has used the lull in fighting to boost appeals to the West for more weapons and sanctions on Russia as several European leaders visited the capital Kyiv on Wednesday. WSJ, 14 Apr. 2022 Kathryn Sherman, a critical care nurse in Tennessee, described the lull last summer, when her hospital was seeing more non-Covid patients. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 23 Mar. 2022 New cases fell for the eighth week, state data shows, dropping daily averages to levels not seen since the summer lull before the delta surge. oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 The relative lull in warfare Monday morning in Ukraine was unlikely to last. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 Then, shattering the post-lunch lull, came Sean Macias. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Lull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for lull


\ 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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