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

     

    muse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːz//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muse
    BrE BrE//mjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːz//
     
    he / she / it muses
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːzɪz//
     
    past simple mused
    BrE BrE//mjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːzd//
     
    past participle mused
    BrE BrE//mjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːzd//
     
    -ing form musing
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] muse (about/on/over/upon something) to think carefully about something for a time, ignoring what is happening around you synonym ponder I sat quietly, musing on the events of the day. see also musing
  2. 2[transitive] + speech | muse that… to say something to yourself in a way that shows you are thinking carefully about it ‘I wonder why?’ she mused.
  3. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French muser ‘meditate, waste time’, perhaps from medieval Latin musum ‘muzzle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: muse

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