verb \ə-ˈmyüz\

: to make someone laugh or smile : to entertain (someone) in a light and pleasant way

: to get the attention of (someone) in a pleasant way as time passes


Full Definition of AMUSE

transitive verb
a archaic :  to divert the attention of so as to deceive
b obsolete :  to occupy the attention of :  absorb
c obsolete :  distract, bewilder
a :  to entertain or occupy in a light, playful, or pleasant manner <amuse the child with a story>
b :  to appeal to the sense of humor of <the joke doesn't amuse me>
intransitive verb
obsolete :  muse
amus·ed·ly \-ˈmyü-zəd-lē\ adverb
amus·er noun

Examples of AMUSE

  1. It amuses me to think of how he looked when I last saw him.
  2. a funny story that never fails to amuse
  3. He amused himself with a game of solitaire.

Origin of AMUSE

Middle French amuser, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + muser to muse
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of AMUSE

amuse, divert, entertain mean to pass or cause to pass the time pleasantly. amuse suggests that one's attention is engaged lightly <amuse yourselves while I make dinner>. divert implies distracting attention from worry or routine occupation especially by something funny <a light comedy to divert the tired businessman>. entertain suggests supplying amusement by specially contrived methods <a magician entertaining children at a party>.
AMUSE Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈmyüz\

Definition of AMUSE for Kids

:  to entertain with something pleasant <She amused herself with a book.>
:  to please the sense of humor of <We found his silly jokes amusing.>

Synonym Discussion of AMUSE

amuse and entertain mean to cause the time to pass in an agreeable way. amuse is used for holding someone's interest with something that is pleasant or humorous. <The toy amused the child for hours.> entertain is used when something special is done to provide a person with amusement. <Celebrities put on a show to entertain the troops.>


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