lull

verb
\ 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

lull

noun

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 The cumulative effects of these what-ifs has coalesced into a string of trancelike game experiences in recent years; slowly expanding towns lull the mind, alleviating stress in a manner altogether less frenetic than titles of blockbuster action. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 2 Oct. 2021 Kuper hoped their similar peripatetic and cosmopolitan experiences would lull the canny Blake into a more relaxed and expansive rapport with his interviewer. Xan Smiley, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 The cleverest thing the FX series about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal does is lull viewers into wistful remembrance right before walloping them with revisionism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 However, their presence could lull organizations into a false sense of security, as gaps remain, especially related to business-critical systems that are connected in more ways than ever before. Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 This fall, the great migration from summer’s lull back to daily life—what our French frères call la rentrée—feels more significant than usual. Alex Badia, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2021 The resort's beachfront suites, with unobstructed Pacific Ocean views and luxurious patios that practically jut out into the water, invite the sound of the waves hitting the shore to lull you to sleep at night. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 If the bucolic views don’t lull you, Roman-style spa certainly will. Kasia Dietz, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 July 2021 Grab a silk eye mask to help lull you to sleep in-flight. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That marks an abrupt break from a long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the last 10 years. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 That marks an abrupt break from a long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65 percent a year over the last 10 years. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 That marks an abrupt break from a long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the last 10 years. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2021 But an initial spike in employees who provided proof of vaccination was followed by a lull. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Expect a lull in fleet operations once Queen Elizabeth and her escorts return home in December and before Prince of Wales departs on her own inaugural cruise. David Axe, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Remind yourself it’s okay to assert your needs, find a lull in the conversation, and be direct, suggests Wright. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 29 Sep. 2021 One big problem has been shortages of natural gas, triggered by low stocks and a jump in demand as activity recovers from its Covid-19 lull. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Don’t expect a lull in precipitation before the second bout of rain comes, riding a cold front which as of Tuesday morning stretched from Lake Superior south to Oklahoma, forecasters wrote in the weather discussion. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of lull

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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16 Oct 2021

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“Lull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lull. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for lull

lull

verb

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

lull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lull (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief time when an action or activity stops

lull

verb
\ 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

lull

noun

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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