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definition of the word amuse

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From French amuser (to make stay, to detain, to amuse) < Old French à (from Latin ad) + muser. See muse, verb.

to amuse

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to amuse (third-person singular simple present amuses, present participle amusing, simple past and past participle amused)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. To cause laughter, to be funny.
  3. (transitive), (archaic) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
    He amused his followers with idle promises. -Johnson.
  4. (obsolete, slang, cant) To fling dust or snuff in the eyes of the person intended to be robbed; also to invent some plausible tale, to delude shop-keepers and others, thereby to put them off their guard. (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)

To entertain; gratify; please; divert; beguile.

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