Definition of muse
- musing about what might have been
- "I could sell the house," she mused, "but where would I go?"
I could sell the house, she mused, but then where would I go?
The Muses were the nine Greek goddesses who presided over the arts (including music) and literature. A shrine to the Muses was called in Latin a museum. An artist or poet about to begin work would call on his particular Muse to inspire him, and a poem itself might begin with such a call; thus, Homer's Odyssey begins, "Sing to me of the man, Muse" (that is, of Odysseus). Today a muse may be one's special creative spirit, but some artists and writers have also chosen living human beings to serve as their muses.
: to think about something carefully or thoroughly
: to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way
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to pay off by making regular payments
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