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muse

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verb \ˈmyüz\

Simple Definition of muse

  • : to think about something carefully or thoroughly

  • : to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way

Full Definition of muse

musedmus·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become absorbed in thought; especially :  to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively

  3. 2 archaic :  wonder, marvel

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to think or say reflectively

mus·er noun

Examples of muse

  1. I could sell the house, she mused, but then where would I go?



Origin of muse

Middle English, from Anglo-French muser to gape, idle, muse, from Old French *mus mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of muse

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <mused upon childhood joys>. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <ruminated on past disappointments>.

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muse

noun

Definition of muse

  1. :  a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction



15th Century

First Known Use of muse

15th century


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muse

noun

Definition of muse

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences

  2. 2 :  a source of inspiration; especially :  a guiding genius

  3. 3 :  poet



Origin of muse

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa


First Known Use: 14th century

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