Is there a verb for "putting someone to sleep"?
For example, how would one replace the .... with a single word in the following sentence:

If you are tossing and turning and you just can't fall asleep, then I'll sing a song to .... you`?

Upon googling a bit, I found some verbs like sedate, muffle, benumb, but they seem to have a slightly negative connotation to them.
What will be a good, neutral kind of a verb for "putting someone to sleep"?

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    If the context is caring for babies, consider settle, definition 3.5.
    – Lawrence
    Jun 17, 2017 at 14:42
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    This would be a good question if it asked for the most natural way to express the idea. Unfortunately, because you ask for only a single word, and because it has to fill in the blank in your sentence, the only possible answers are less natural-sounding, making this a worse question than it should be.
    – user230
    Jun 17, 2017 at 15:02
  • @snailplane - It filling the blank is not a requirement, I just added the statement for an example as to what I was looking for (and as an insight as to how the question struck me). Jun 17, 2017 at 15:16

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The single word you may be looking for is

lull - calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements

I'll sing a song to lull you to sleep.

as in lullaby.

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    Correct, although I don't think anyone would use just the single word. "Lull you to sleep" is the idiomatic expression.
    – Andrew
    Jun 17, 2017 at 16:12
  • So I can say something like "I lulled him by singing him a lullaby."? Or in fact fill the blank in the sentence mentioned in the question by the word lull? Will that be correct? Jun 17, 2017 at 18:41
  • The phrase would be "I lulled him to sleep by singing him a lullaby.", "lulled to sleep" is the idiomatic expression.
    – Peter
    Jun 17, 2017 at 18:49
  • Thanks, although I was asking only about the grammatical correctness. Jun 18, 2017 at 4:40

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