\ 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 Whether a melody makes people get up and dance, soothes their sadness, fall in love, or lull them to sleep, similar rhythms and tones make music a universal language, as the saying goes. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "Scientists Show Humans May Share a ‘Musical Grammar’," 27 Nov. 2019 Kenneth settled into his seat, lulling me into a false sense of security. David Canfield,, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 2019 Light finger-picking guitar delivered pieces that lulled you into the deeper recesses of the song. Mike Oliver |, al, "MVC says lightning is the spark that brings life -- and death," 2 Nov. 2019 The coach spends Monday-Friday lulling you into delightful submission talking about battle axes, alien life and mascot fights, then Saturday comes and Leach walks in essentially unnoticed and chokes out your defensive coordinator. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks get an uplifting win and get Mike Leach off their back," 27 Oct. 2019 The beauty that Frankie and her entourage find in the settings and outings of Sintra acts on them like a drug—not an intoxicant that lulls them into contented complacency but a kind of truth serum. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Frankie” and the Performance of Life in the Face of Death," 25 Oct. 2019 Do not be lulled into believing this parade is motivated by any noble obligation to protect freedom of speech or assembly. Emily Sweeney,, "‘A perversion’: Emerson president rips Straight Pride Parade; organizer defends gathering," 28 Aug. 2019 There are lulling campfire songs and gritty rock grooves, frenetic jazz saxophones and menacing trap drums. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 My anxiety is basically always at lovely 6/10, and this probably lulled it down to a 4/10. Morgan Mandriota,, "I Tried Pumpkin Spice CBD Oil to Treat My Chronic Pain—Here's What Happened," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic—the only gearbox currently available, though a manual is promised—brings launch control, which avoids the lull below 3000 rpm by revving the engine to five grand before engaging the clutch. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 Local artists, small venues and free gigs shine this week as major touring acts take a break in the post-holiday lull. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best concerts in L.A. this week: The Smell’s anniversary celebration, Califone, Glass Beach," 1 Jan. 2020 Indeed, Kim's scientists appear to have used the lull to quietly improve and expand the country's arsenal, U.S. and East Asian officials say. Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Ongoing upgrades to North Korean weapons give Kim Jong Un choices for ‘Christmas gift’," 25 Dec. 2019 Indeed, Kim's scientists appear to have used the lull to quietly improve and expand the country's arsenal, U.S. and East Asian officials say. Arkansas Online, "On N. Korea's talk of 'gift,' Trump says U.S. to 'deal with it'," 25 Dec. 2019 The too-frequent lulls in performance returned Friday when UAB was able to cut the Kentucky lead from 20 to 11 points in the final four minutes, but a strong performance from the UK veterans was enough for the win. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball veterans lead Wildcats to win over UAB," 30 Nov. 2019 China’s leaders should seize the moment, not assume that the lull will last. The Economist, "A clarion call Hong Kong’s elections were a rebuke to its government," 28 Nov. 2019 Your Uncle Jeff retreats to the couch, falling into a postmeal slumber to the lull of a football game on the television., "Blame gluttony, not the turkey, for postmeal sleepiness, a Tufts dietitian says - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 With the lull in filming, Petsch is also carving out more time for art. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Madelaine Petsch on Being “Riverdale” Royalty and Redefining Herself IRL," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Lull.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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