lull

See lull, think "calm." It could be the noun form (like "the lull before the storm") or the verb: one can lull someone by calming them (as in lulling a baby to sleep with a lullaby).

The noun lull is often used in relation to a storm, but the term has a broader meaning as well. Lull can be used to describe any temporary period of calm or diminished activity, like the quiet time before the lunch rush in a restaurant or the brief period of tranquility before the doors open for a pre-Christmas sale. The word's verb form means "to soothe or to make someone feel relaxed." When used as a verb lull can turn deceptive, and it is often used to convey a false sense of security.

Definitions of lull
1

v make calm or still

Synonyms:
calm, calm down, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
Antonyms:
agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
Types:
compose
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
assure, reassure
cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
Type of:
comfort, console, solace, soothe
give moral or emotional strength to

v calm by deception

“Don't let yourself be lulled into a false state of security”
Type of:
calm, calm down, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
make calm or still

v become quiet or less intensive

“the fighting lulled for a moment”
Synonyms:
calm down
Type of:
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk

n a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished

Synonyms:
letup
Type of:
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

n a period of calm weather

“there was a lull in the storm”
Synonyms:
quiet
Type of:
calmness
an absence of strong winds or rain

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