Definition of amuse in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈmjuːz


[with object]
  • 1Cause (someone) to find something funny: he made faces to amuse her (as adjective amused) people looked on with amused curiosity
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    • We were delightfully amused by the cops who came onto the beach to check everyone for booze.
    • Alicia's polite and cheerful demeanor amuses the man, and he begins to chuckle until the tender sparkle in her eye renders him silent.
    • I'm glad you like it, the name thing amuses me every time as well.



sense 1.
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  • Everyone has probably amusedly played armchair Darwinian psychologist at some point thanks to the theory's virtually unlimited explanatory power.
  • Their opinion of the building is probably best described as amusedly critical.
  • I nodded my head, amusedly accepting the title.


late 15th century (in the sense 'delude, deceive'): from Old French amuser 'entertain, deceive', from a- (expressing causal effect) + muser 'stare stupidly'. Current senses date from the mid 17th century.

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