verb (used with object)
to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing.
to soothe or quiet.
to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful.
verb (used without object)
to quiet down, let up, or subside: furious activity that finally lulled.
a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness: a lull in a storm.
a soothing sound: the lull of falling waters.
a pacified or stupefied condition: The drug had put him in a lull.

1300–50; Middle English lullen, of expressive orig.; compare Swedish lulla, German lullen, Latin lallāre to sing lullaby

luller, noun
lullingly, adverb Unabridged
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lull (lʌl)
1.  to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp in the phrase lull to sleep)
2.  to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc), esp by deception
3.  a short period of calm or diminished activity
[C14: possibly imitative of crooning sounds; related to Middle Low German lollen to soothe, Middle Dutch lollen to talk drowsily, mumble]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, lullen "hush to sleep," probably imitative of lu-lu sound used to lull a child to sleep (cf. Swed. lulla "to hum a lullaby," Ger. lullen "to rock," Skt. lolati "moves to and fro," M.Du. lollen "to mutter"). The noun is attested from 1659.
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Example sentences
The sign may have the added effect of lulling those displaying it into a false
  sense of security.
Some writers begin by lulling their readers, some by shocking them.
Often legislation is introduced but attracts little support, lulling opponents
  into a false sense of security.
He also took actions to disguise his conduct, both by writing checks to cash
  and lulling his investors.
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