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bemuse

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verb be·muse \bi-ˈmyüz, bē-\

Simple Definition of bemuse

  • : to cause (someone) to be confused and often also somewhat amused

Full Definition of bemuse

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make confused :  puzzle, bewilder

  3. 2 :  to occupy the attention of :  distract, absorb

  4. 3 :  to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement <seems truly bemused that people beyond his circle in Seattle would be interested in his ruminations — Ruth B. Smith>

be·mus·ed·ly play \-ˈmyü-zəd-lē\ adverb
be·muse·ment play \-ˈmyüz-mənt\ noun

Examples of bemuse

  1. <a public that seemed more bemused by the shenanigans of celebrities than by a war being waged half a world away>

  2. <the stage mishap momentarily bemused the actress>



1735

First Known Use of bemuse

1735



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