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Meaning of AMUSE

Pronunciation:  u'myooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children"
  2. [v]  occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies"

AMUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: disport, divert
 See Also: cheer, cheer up, convulse, entertain, jolly along, jolly up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*muse"\ ([.a]*m[=u]z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Amused}
    ([.a]*m[=u]zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Amusing}.] [F. amuser to
    make stay, to detain, to amuse, [`a] (L. ad) + OF. muser. See
    {Muse}, v.]
    1. To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep
       thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder. [Obs.]
             Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in
             receiving their gold.                 --Holland.
             Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could
             not find the house.                   --Fuller.
    2. To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with
       pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.
             A group of children amusing themselves with pushing
             stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as
             they plunged into the lake.           --Gilpin.
    3. To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
             He amused his followers with idle promises.
    Syn: To entertain; gratify; please; divert; beguile; deceive;
    Usage: To {Amuse}, {Divert}, {Entertain}. We are amused by
           that which occupies us lightly and pleasantly. We are
           entertained by that which brings our minds into
           agreeable contact with others, as conversation, or a
           book. We are diverted by that which turns off our
           thoughts to something of livelier interest, especially
           of a sportive nature, as a humorous story, or a
           laughable incident.
                 Whatever amuses serves to kill time, to lull the
                 faculties, and to banish reflection. Whatever
                 entertains usually awakens the understanding or
                 gratifies the fancy. Whatever diverts is lively
                 in its nature, and sometimes tumultuous in its
                 effects.                          --Crabb.
  2. \A*muse"\, v. i.
    To muse; to mediate. [Obs.]
Thesaurus Terms
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