Definition of amusement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːzmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːzmənt//
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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 seaside amusements including boats, go-karts and a funfair
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘musing, diversion of the attention’): from French, from the verb amuser ‘entertain, deceive’, from a- (expressing causal effect) + muser ‘stare stupidly’.Extra examples He kept the diaries for his own personal amusement. He seemed to be deriving amusement from her discomfort. Her wide mouth twitched in amusement. His son was a constant source of amusement to him. I am happy to have afforded you amusement. Much to their amusement, I couldn’t get the door open. She chuckled with amusement. She disapproved of popular amusements such as fairs. The play was written for the amusement of the other students. There was a note of amusement in her voice. What do you do for amusement around here? an amusement-park ride I write purely for my own amusement. I don’t expect to make money out of it. What can we provide for your amusement? an amusement arcade
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