\ 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 Let Alexander Skarsgard lull you to sleep with a bedtime story. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2021 Online quoting websites lull consumers into a false sense of security, both say. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Her ability to lull people into a sense of security was amazing to watch. Dalton Ross,, 7 July 2021 At the port, traditional Dhow boats lull in the distance while the corniche lines the jagged coast, and serves as the entry point to the ancient souk. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 16 May 2021 In the frenzy, schools are buying technology that academic air-quality experts warn can lull them into a false sense of security or even potentially harm kids. Lauren Weber And Christina Jewett, CNN, 3 May 2021 Don't let the fact that there are only 11 bids in on the love tester lull you into a false sense of security. Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Remember that the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is still a public health emergency even though fewer face masks and lack of social distancing may lull you into a false sense of security. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Don't let the promise of technology lull you into letting your guard down. Medea Giordano, Wired, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday and Saturday will be a slight lull in the state's most recent heat wave before temperatures soar once again into the triple digits by the end of the weekend. Hannah Gard And Haley Brink, CNN, 23 July 2021 After the February strikes, there was a lull in militia activity against American locations for several weeks, but then an even more dangerous threat emerged: the small armed drones. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 27 June 2021 There might be a lull for a few years, and there might be more that go down or get bought out by Live Nation, but there will be a whole new generation of people who want to put on their own shows. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 New consoles came out around every seven years, followed by new games, but then there would be a lull in excitement until the next generation. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 On Sunday afternoon there was a slight lull in the snow and rain, said meteorologist Vuotto. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 That’s Danielle Hale, chief economist at who notes there’s been a lull in America’s raging hot housing market, which could spell a buying opportunity for homebuyers. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 17 May 2021 For private jets, if there is a lull, that maintenance – which is always expensive – might be pushed back. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Cases had started to decline, and that evening, there’d been a lull in calls. ProPublica, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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“Lull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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