v. lulled, lull·ing, lulls
1. To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm: The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep.
2. To deceive into trustfulness: "that honeyed charm that he used so effectively to lull his victims" (S.J. Perelman).
To become calm: The wind finally lulled.
1. A relatively calm interval, as in a storm.
2. An interval of lessened activity: a lull in sales.
[Middle English lullen, possibly of Low German origin.]
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