\ 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 Wilson said Army will try to lull UTSA to sleep, then look to gash the defense with a deep pass play. Greg Luca,, "UTSA preparing for Army’s triple-option onslaught," 13 Sep. 2019 But there are times that I’m lulled into a sadness. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 14 Sep. 2019 Aromarest, a $120 diffuser, lamp and white-noise machine, lulls you with lavender and wakes you with citrus. Washington Post, "Rocking beds and pillows that nudge when you snore: Tech wants into your bed," 13 Sep. 2019 The regular establishing shots of gray skies and peaceful cityscapes lull us into a deceptive state of calm that, miraculously, doesn’t clash with the movie’s rapidly self-multiplying complications. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Asako I & II’ is a playful, haunting drama of love lost and regained," 21 Aug. 2019 Intentionally using whispering, light touch, and positive personal attention to bring on the brain tingles can be helpful for lulling a child to sleep, soothing a stressed family member, or relaxing a friend or romantic partner. Craig Richard,, "The blissful and bizarre world of ASMR," 16 Aug. 2019 The worst that could happen, the money masters averred, was that investors would be lulled into reckless investments, taking on too much risk in the belief that the dangers of the marketplace had been tamed. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018 These 10- to 15-minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. Frannie Ucciferri, Washington Post, "Common Sense Media shares 25 great podcasts for kids," 6 Aug. 2019 In Skamania County, local officials hope a milder fire season does not lull residents into complacency. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As wildfire risk grows west of Cascades, homeowners urged to better protect their homes," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the lulls between waves here on a recent weekday morning, dozens of nine-foot longboards floated like driftwood as the slate gray glass of the late-summer Atlantic dithered into cords. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Steeped in Hawaiian History, Longboarding Rides an Instagram Wave," 10 Sep. 2019 Enjoy the lull of tourists by booking into one of our favorite hotels—like a private room at the Generator hostel for the budget-conscious or a suite at the Merrion, home to the only two-star Michelin restaurants in the country. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Aer Lingus’s Fare Sale Has $375 Roundtrip Cheap Flights to Dublin," 6 Sep. 2019 Market forces would tend to weaken the yuan as the demand for China's exports has weakened and as China's credit market conditions have eased given the lull in China's growth. Jeffrey Sachs For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "China isn't the economic manipulator in this trade war. Trump is," 6 Aug. 2019 Construction employment usually peaks in the late summer, meaning that the region will likely add thousands more seasonal construction jobs in coming months before the typical winter lull. Luis Alonso Lugo And Darlene Superville, sacbee, "Employment in this key Sacramento job sector has nearly doubled in last 8 years," 4 June 2019 During a welcome lull in street violence, Hong Kong’s broad middle comes out to press the government for change Sign up to get more from The Economist Get 5 free articles per month, daily newsletters and more. The Economist, "Orderly marchers increase the pressure on Hong Kong’s government," 19 Aug. 2019 There, on July 3, during a half-hour lull in his friend’s backyard before leaving for a concert, the solution suddenly came to him. Quanta Magazine, "Unheralded Mathematician Bridges the Prime Gap," 19 May 2013 Perhaps the most unexpected moment in the proceedings took place during a brief lull, when Erasmo Reyna, García’s personal lawyer, approached Barata. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 After a 10-day slump that qualified as notable for an offense that spent the season’s first five months avoiding prolonged lulls, the Dodgers erupted for a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers hack away their scoring slump in blowout win over Padres," 27 Aug. 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of lull was in the 14th century

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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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