Definition of amuse
1a : to entertain or occupy in a light, playful, or pleasant manner <She tried to amuse the child with a story.>b : to appeal to the sense of humor of <His jokes don't amuse me.>
obsolete : muse
amusedlyplay \-ˈmyü-zəd-lē\ adverb
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 and Etymology of amuse
Medieval French amuser, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + muser to muse
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of amuse
AMUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amuse for English Language Learners
: 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
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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