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muse

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verb \ˈmyüz\

Definition of muse

mused

musing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become absorbed in thought; especially :  to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively

  3. 2 archaic :  wonder, marvel

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to think or say reflectively

muser

noun

Examples of muse in a sentence

  1. I could sell the house, she mused, but then where would I go?

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of muse

Middle English, from Anglo-French muser to gape, idle, muse, from Old French *mus mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of muse

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <mused upon childhood joys>. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <ruminated on past disappointments>.

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muse

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Definition of muse

  1. :  a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction

15th Century

First Known Use of muse

15th century


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muse

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Definition of muse

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences

  2. 2 :  a source of inspiration; especially :  a guiding genius

  3. 3 :  poet

Origin and Etymology of muse

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa


First Known Use: 14th century

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MUSE Defined for English Language Learners

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muse

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verb \ˈmyüz\

Definition of muse for English Language Learners

  • : to think about something carefully or thoroughly

  • : to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way


MUSE Defined for Kids

muse

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Definition of muse for Students

mused

musing

  1. :  to think about carefully or thoroughly :  ponder <She mused over what might have been.>



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