Definition of amuse
- She tried to amuse the child with a story.
- His jokes don't amuse me.
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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