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amuse

play
verb \ə-ˈmyüz\

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

amusedamus·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  to divert the attention of so as to deceive b obsolete :  to occupy the attention of :  absorb c obsolete :  distract, bewilder

  3. 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>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. obsolete :  muse

amus·ed·lyplay \-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>.


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