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Pronunciation: /əˈmjuːz

Definition of amuse in English:


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to find something funny: he made faces to amuse her (as adjective amused) people looked on with amused curiosity
More example sentences
  • 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.
2Provide interesting and enjoyable occupation for (someone); entertain: they amused themselves digging through an old encyclopedia
More example sentences
  • Have I been put here to entertain you or amuse you, is your life that boring?
  • They claim it will achieve its goals to welcome, accommodate, entertain and amuse visitors.
  • In a couple of minutes, I can whip out jumping frogs or hungry mouths that amuse kids for hours.
entertain, make laugh, delight, divert, gladden, cheer (up), please, charm, tickle, convulse, beguile, enliven, regale
informal tickle someone pink, crack someone up, wow, be a hit with
British informal crease someone up
occupy, engage, busy, employ, distract, absorb, engross, preoccupy, hold, hold someone's attention, immerse, interest, involve, entertain, divert, beguile


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.



sense 1.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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