Simple Definition of amuse
: 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
2 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>
obsolete : muse
Examples of amuse in a sentence
It amuses me to think of how he looked when I last saw him.
a funny story that never fails to amuse
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
Rhymes with amuse
abuse, accuse, Andrews, bad news, bemuse, berceuse, chanteuse, charmeuse, chartreuse, coiffeuse, confuse, contuse, danseuse, defuse, diffuse, diseuse, disuse, effuse, enthuse, excuse, ill-use, incuse, infuse, masseuse, misuse, perfuse, peruse, recluse, recuse, refuse, reuse, short fuse, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, vendeuse
AMUSE Defined for Kids
Definition of amuse for Students
1 : to entertain with something pleasant <She amused herself with a book.>
2 : to please the sense of humor of <We found his silly jokes amusing.>
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