\ 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 archaic : something that lulls especially : lullaby
2 : a temporary pause or decline in activity the early-morning lull in urban noise : such as
a : a temporary calm before or during a storm
b : a temporary drop in business activity

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lull

Synonyms: Verb

becalm, calm, compose, lullaby, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], salve, settle, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

Synonyms: Noun

break, breath, breather, interruption, pause, recess

Antonyms: Verb

agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, key (up), perturb, upset, vex

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Examples of lull in a Sentence


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


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

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 Speaking July 11 at a meeting of the Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps, Canavan stressed people should not let this year’s rainfall lull them into complacency. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "New fire chief: Dangers blossom from wet winter, spring," 18 July 2019 Mereba has the kind of soft, hypnotizing vocals that can lull you into a meditative state no matter the subject. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Rising Singer Mereba Serves Up Regal Beauty in Her New “Sandstorm” Music Video," 9 July 2019 Pro tip: The area’s beauty and the proximity of wilderness to town can lull first-timers into a false sense of security, so stop by the Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre in Wanaka to get the lay of the land. Carrie Miller, National Geographic, "Here’s where to find epic adventures in New Zealand," 8 July 2019 The direction is stylish, slowly lulling viewers into the same false sense of security as Marisol with the apple pie trappings of Americana. Anne Cohen,, "Hulu’s Culture Shock Turns The American Dream Into An Immigration Horror Nightmare," 5 July 2019 Experts say many Chicago residents have been lulled into a false sense of security because there hasn’t been a severe tornado near the city in decades. Tony Briscoe,, "Chicago is not tornado-proof. Here’s why.," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In west suburban Bloomingdale, the battle over the former Indian Lakes course is in a momentary lull, said community activist and longtime resident Dan McGuire, 55. Joanne Cleaver,, "When suburban golf courses close, residents and cities often clash over what to do with the land. Some manage to avoid the drama.," 13 Aug. 2019 To address this lull, local businesses and organizations are having events and specials through the summer in an effort to get people to visit and patronize them more. Austen Erblat,, "Summer struggle: Chamber plans special events to promote businesses," 5 Aug. 2019 That has caused a lull in vacation home rentals, and an increase in swimming pool construction on the Cape. Don Dahler, CBS News, "Cape Cod officials on alert amid spike in shark sightings," 2 Aug. 2019 At the end of that six-week lull, a distressed man fatally shot one of Exeter’s police officers. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: First the burglaries; then the dogs started dying (Part Two)," 22 June 2019 Breon said through Thursday there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a lull on Thursday night and Friday morning, and picking back up after 2 p.m. on Friday. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Heavy rain and storms expected rest of week, flash flooding possible," 19 June 2019 During lulls in combat, a four man tank can still have one man outside the tank, keeping watch, while the rest of the crew can still man all the tank's essential functions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What It Looks Like to Load and Fire Inside an Abrams Tank," 2 Dec. 2015 The clashes, while not as prolonged or violent as some earlier ones, ended a brief lull in the violence. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police draw guns in latest protest violence," 25 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 1

History and Etymology for lull

Verb and Noun

Middle English; probably of imitative origin

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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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