Definition of lull verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lull

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//lʌl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lull
    BrE BrE//lʌl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌl//
     
    he / she / it lulls
    BrE BrE//lʌlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌlz//
     
    past simple lulled
    BrE BrE//lʌld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌld//
     
    past participle lulled
    BrE BrE//lʌld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌld//
     
    -ing form lulling
    BrE BrE//ˈlʌlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] lull somebody to make somebody relaxed and calm synonym soothe The vibration of the engine lulled the children to sleep. He was lulled by the peaceful sound of the rain.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] lull (something) to make something, or to become, less strong His father's arrival lulled the boy's anxiety.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: imitative of sounds used to quieten a child; compare with Latin lallare ‘sing to sleep’, Swedish lulla ‘hum a lullaby’, and Dutch lullen ‘talk nonsense’. The noun (first recorded in the sense ‘soothing drink’) dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Experienced drivers can be lulled into a false sense of security. He lulled me into believing that I could trust him. She lulled the baby back to sleep. Phrasal Verbslull somebody into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lull

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