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
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.
Recent Examples of amuse from the Web
COLUMBUS, Ga. A Columbus, Georgia, mother’s look of surprise after delivering her second child was caught on camera, and images of her expression are amusing the internet.
Their reports also state that the official said the President has been amused at all the obsessing over this.
Mr. McCann was gregarious and known for having a ready laugh, a quick wit and a big smile that crossed his face when something amused him, family and friends said.
Four areas with varying degrees of difficulty are meant to amuse people of all ages, though users must be at least 7 years old and 45 inches tall and must be able to swim.
Drive by to admire the steamboat Victorian structure that served as a summer home for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union — amusing given that Hemingway was no teetotaler.
Amused, Hassabis said that A.I. would simply follow humans to Mars.
I’m amused by those saying this is Kevin Durant’s big entrance in the NBA.
While some were clearly amused at the prime minister's rebellious field-running days, others weren't quite so entertained.
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Origin and Etymology of amuse
Middle French amuser, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + muser to muse
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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