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Definition of amusement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the feeling that you have when something is funny or amusing, or it entertains you She could not hide her amusement at the way he was dancing. To my amusement, he couldn't get the door open. Her eyes twinkled with amusement. His son was a continuous source of amusement and delight to him.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a game, an activity, etc. that provides entertainment and pleasure traditional boardwalk amusements including bumper cars, an arcade , and rides
  3. 3[uncountable] the fact of being entertained by something What do you do for amusement around here? synonyms at entertainment
  4. Thesaurusentertainmentfun recreation relaxation play pleasure amusementThese are all words for things or activities used to entertain people when they are not working.entertainment movies, television, music, etc. used to entertain people:The club offers live entertainment seven nights a (somewhat informal) behavior or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment:I took an art class just for the fun of it. The lottery provides harmless fun for millions.recreation (somewhat formal) things people do for enjoyment when they are not working:His only form of recreation is playing basketball.relaxation (somewhat formal) things people do to rest and enjoy themselves when they are not working; the ability to relax:I go hiking for relaxation.recreation or relaxation?Both these words can be used for a wide range of activities, physical and mental, but relaxation is sometimes used for gentler activities than recreation:I play the flute in a wind band for recreation. I listen to music for things that people, especially children, do for enjoyment rather than as work:the importance of learning through playpleasure the activity of enjoying yourself, especially in contrast to working:Are you in Paris for business or pleasure?amusement (somewhat formal) the fact of being entertained by something:What do you do for amusement around here?Patterns to do something for entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/pleasure/amusement to provide entertainment/fun/recreation/relaxation/amusement
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