meaning of amuse

amuse meaning in General Dictionary

To muse to mediate

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  • To take or engage the attention of to reduce in deep considered to take in also to distract to bewilder
  • occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
  • make (someone) laugh
  • To reside or engage the interest of; to lose in deeply thought; to soak up; also, to distract; to bewilder.
  • To captivate or inhabit in a pleasing fashion; to blend with pleasing or mirthful thoughts; to divert.
  • maintain in hope; to beguile; to delude.
  • To muse; to mediate.

amuse meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 15c., "to divert the interest, beguile, delude," from Middle French amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here most likely a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly" (see muse (v.)). Feeling of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is taped from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary definition was "deceive, cheat" by very first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains a lot more of the initial meaning. Related: Amused; amusing.


amuse meaning in General Dictionary

(v.) To reside or engage the attention of; to reduce in deep thought; to soak up; additionally, to distract; to bewilder.

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  • (v.) To entertain or reside in a nice manner; to blend with pleasing or mirthful feelings; to divert.
  • (v.) Maintain in hope; to beguile; to delude.
  • (v. i.) To muse; to mediate.

Sentence Examples with the word amuse

The collection includes many fables that have come down from Phaedrus, some Oriental stories derived from Jewish sources, with many popular apologues that belong to the Renard cycle, and differ from those of older origin in that they are intended to amuse rather than to instruct.

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