\ 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: 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 As for face masks, Corsi said the new advisory shouldn’t lull people into a false sense of security. oregonlive, "6 feet of social distancing not nearly enough: CDC’s recommendation driving some experts ‘nuts’," 4 Apr. 2020 The Atlantic remains quiet, but this should not lull anyone into a false sense of comfort. Dave Epstein,, "What’s up with hurricane season?," 13 Aug. 2019 We were lulled into a false sense of security, going ahead with our games and concerts and other activities as if what happened in China and Italy couldn’t happen here. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rudy Gobert was childish, yes. The Utah Jazz center also did a great public service," 16 Mar. 2020 With all this admiration you could be lulled into complacency. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 3, 2020: Happy birthday Mel Gibson; Scorpio, don’t trade one problem for another," 3 Jan. 2020 But used without training, the masks could not only expose workers to the virus but also lull them into thinking they are protected. Joseph G. Allen, STAT, "Without training, N95 masks may not protect workers on the Covid-19 frontlines," 16 Apr. 2020 The joys of fatherhood are great, Not least to lull your gentle weight Within the cradle of my arms; And great, the floods and the alarms Which come so frequently and late. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "A Rocking Chair Song," 19 Dec. 2019 Instead, a self-dimming, warm light lulls you both to sleep as the credits start to roll. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The Casper Glow Light Is My Ticket to Deeper, Better Sleep," 31 Mar. 2020 In the classical Zionist outlook, Jews who remain in the diaspora are lulling themselves into a false sense of safety. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck," 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The emerging research also is in agreement that the lull will likely be short-lived and, at best, buy time before the most devastating effects of climate change take hold. Kurtis Alexander,, "Greenhouse gas emissions on track for record drop amid coronavirus outbreak - will they bounce back?," 19 May 2020 The traffic lull could cause states’ fuel tax revenues to fall 30 to 40 percent over the next 18 months, according to the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. Alex Davies, Wired, "Covid-19 Spurs a Road Repair Boom—and Threatens a Bust," 4 May 2020 Philippine domestic workers can’t reach employers in places like Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, and the lull in maritime transportation, particularly cruise ships, threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Philippine seafarers. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Philippine nurses, long treated like exports, now told to stay home to fight coronavirus," 1 May 2020 Some experts say the lull in North Korean launches between November and March could have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which started in mainland China in December. NBC News, "North Korea test fires two projectiles into the sea off eastern coast," 21 Mar. 2020 But the lull in Ryan's VPN connection shouldn't be written off as a temporary bug. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China deploys a favorite weapon in the coronavirus crisis: A crackdown on VPNs," 25 Feb. 2020 The Rock Off was born at the Odeon when Belkin Productions, which has since become part of Live Nation, conceived of it in part as a way to fill the lull in the slack time for national tours. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "4 bands earn last spots in 2020 Tri-C High School Rock Off Final Exam," 17 Feb. 2020 Although the Locke kids take that time to relax, the lengthy lull should send viewers into high alert. Ariana Romero,, "What Is Going On With Eden After The Locke & Key Finale?," 7 Feb. 2020 The temporary lull in air traffic will allow U.S. officials to work out the logistics of how to funnel all incoming flights from China to the seven U.S. airports. Washington Post, "Starting Sunday, all flights from China will go through one of these seven airports," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Lull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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