V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a period of calm weather, as between storms; 2. a pause in activity; (v.) 1. to comfort, soothe, or relax someone or something; 2. to become calm or soothed; 3. to cause someone to let their guard down or to make them feel secure and safe so that they might later be fooled

Synonyms: (n.) quiet, stillness, calm, pause, respite, break, (v.) calm, quiet, soothe, assuage, pacify, trick, deceive

Antonyms: (v.) arouse, agitate

Tips: Lull is thought to have been formed from the sounds made when singing a child to sleep--think of a lullaby. The idea of calming and relaxing are central to lull's definition. Thus, you can be relaxed, or lulled, into a false sense of security. The word can also be a noun, meaning "a period of calm or a respite."

Usage Examples:

She lulled the baby to sleep with a lullaby. (soothed, calmed) verb

He lulled me into thinking he could be trusted, with words of reassurance. (tricked, deceived) verb

There was a lull in the storm, during which people hurried out to attend to their shopping and business. (respite, break, calm) noun

The lull of the wind told us that we were in the eye of the hurricane. (pause, stillness) noun

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