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. verb
    make calm or still
    synonyms: calm, calm down, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
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    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
  2. verb
    calm by deception
    “Don't let yourself be lulled into a false state of security”
  3. verb
    become quiet or less intensive
    “the fighting lulled for a moment”
    synonyms: calm down
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    type of:
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
  4. noun
    a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
    synonyms: letup
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    type of:
    break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  5. noun
    a period of calm weather
    “there was a lull in the storm”
    synonyms: quiet
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    type of:
    calmness
    an absence of strong winds or rain
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