\ 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 Experts worry short-term plans, which are cheaper than marketplace coverage, can lull people into a false sense of having adequate insurance, only to be left hanging in case of actual medical need. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Health care: What Joe Biden can accomplish even with a GOP-controlled Senate," 12 Nov. 2020 More disconcerting, Tesla has rolled out its Full Self-Driving feature as unfinished beta software to select owners, who now need to maintain constant vigilance over a technology that's meant to lull them into inattention. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Watch a Self-Driving Race Car Crash before It Starts," 29 Oct. 2020 At night, the sound of the frogs and owls can lull you to sleep. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Being Black lowers the value of my home: The legacy of redlining," 23 Oct. 2020 Herman said that at times, TCU can lull teams to sleep by its lack of complex play calls, but that Patterson’s defense is always well-coached and fundamentally sound. Dallas News, "5 things Texas fans need to know about TCU, including Max Duggan’s return to the field last week," 30 Sep. 2020 If the lateness of the start and the 12 pitching changes didn’t lull you to sleep, then certainly the pace did. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Dodgers are playing the ‘relentless’ baseball Chris Woodward wants to see from Rangers," 8 Oct. 2020 The cover image of an ashtray filled with old joints may lull you into thinking its a soft collection. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: Pandemic inspires Laura Jane Grace with new songs," 1 Oct. 2020 Some relaxation apps lull you into dreamland with sounds of the Amazon rainforest or monitor your sleep habits throughout the night. Sarah Sekula, CNN, "Searching for more zzzs? There is a sleep app for that," 27 Aug. 2020 Why help the most comfortable Americans lull themselves more ardently to sleep? Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Exhilarating Jolt of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Wildcat Strike," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With 1,971 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses plateaued after a lull in test results that is typical each week. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah coronavirus hospitalizations soar, with cases up 1,971 on Monday," 16 Nov. 2020 There’s been a relative lull in activity since Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas last week, however late September and October are still typically busier parts of the season. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical depression could form this weekend in Caribbean," 30 Sep. 2020 Such amity is only a lull, however, as these two groups work out the terms of a new relationship. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The activist employee hasn’t gone away," 21 Sep. 2020 After a September lull, the state began to see an uptick in new COVID-19 cases in October. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Demand for COVID tests rising as virus surges again in Florida," 6 Nov. 2020 After a brief lull in killings that police attributed in part to lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic early in the year, homicides and shootings began to rise again and then spiked this summer. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Police chief predicts L.A. will top 300 homicides this year, the first time since 2009," 20 Oct. 2020 In Italy, the onetime European epicenter of the outbreak, coronavirus infections are surging after a summertime lull, with 10,874 new ones confirmed Tuesday and another 89 victims. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Masked pope, faith leaders pray for peace and pandemic's end," 20 Oct. 2020 After a lull, coronavirus case counts are once again on the rise in 42 of Alabama’s 67 counties, and the Alabama Department of Public Health reported more coronavirus deaths in the state this week than in any week since early September. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Coronavirus cases rising in most Alabama counties in October: Week in review," 17 Oct. 2020 The United States topped 50,000 new cases on four of the past seven days, the highest numbers since August, after a two-month lull. Erin Allday,, "California hoping to contain coronavirus spread as national cases surge," 12 Oct. 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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20 Nov 2020

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“Lull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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