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Definition of amuse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    amuse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they amuse
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːz//
     
    he / she / it amuses
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːzɪz//
     
    past simple amused
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːzd//
     
    past participle amused
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːzd//
     
    -ing form amusing
    BrE BrE//əˈmjuːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmjuːzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to make somebody laugh or smile amuse somebody My funny drawings amused the kids. This will amuse you. it amuses somebody to do something It amused him to think that they were probably talking about him at that very moment.
  2. 2  to make time pass pleasantly for somebody/yourself synonym entertain amuse somebody She suggested several ideas to help Laura amuse the twins. amuse yourself I'm sure I'll be able to amuse myself for a few hours.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (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 cent.Extra examples Her discomfort amused him greatly. His impersonation of the President amused me (to) no end. It never fails to amuse me how excited people can get about winning a game. The thought of me on the stage seemed to amuse him. Playing with water can keep children amused for hours. The visitors amused themselves with sightseeing, painting and picnics. sure I’ll be able to amuse myself for a few hours.
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