amuse·​ment | \ə-ˈmyüz-mənt \

Definition of amusement 

1 : a means of amusing or entertaining what are her favorite amusements

2 : the condition of being amused could not hide his amusement

3 : pleasurable diversion : entertainment plays the piano for amusement

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Examples of amusement in a Sentence

I'm reading this novel for amusement. Several games were provided for the education and amusement of the children.

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Yes, this place is so popular that there’s an amusement-park style turnstile in front of the deli counter. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 So perhaps appropriately, director Steven Spielberg has served up a giant candy store of a movie -- exploding with color, nostalgia, pure fun and plenty of imagination, even if the amusement-park ride lasts a bit too long. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ready Player One' loads imaginative mash-up from Steven Spielberg," 29 Mar. 2018 And amusement there will be—a spiral slide and merry go-round will cater to mall-goers of all ages. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 Every Michigan golfer should play this fun, amusement-ride-of-a-course at least once. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018 These three books for young readers — all set after school’s out — contain education and entertainment, nuanced instruction and unalloyed amusement. Ellen Handler Spitz, New York Times, "What Should Your Kid Read This Summer? Here Are Three to Start With," 1 June 2018 The dedicatory program, previously announced, has been enlarged to include band concerts in the city and at the amusement center., "May 29, 1925: Belmont Park dedicated," 29 May 2018 The large water park features both indoor and outdoor pools, roller coasters, go-karts and other amusements. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Dells water park melee erupts after chair taken from group's table," 14 May 2018 The city says the Admiral owes them the money for several years of unpaid amusement taxes. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics / News Stormy's Chicago show to feature Rahm on stage—kinda," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of amusement

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of amusement

: the feeling of being amused or entertained

: something (such as an activity) that amuses or entertains someone


amuse·​ment | \ə-ˈmyüz-mənt \

Kids Definition of amusement

1 : something that amuses or entertains games and other amusements

2 : the feeling of being amused or entertained I read the book for amusement.

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