amuse


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a·muse

 (ə-myo͞oz′)
tr.v. a·mused, a·mus·ing, a·mus·es
1. To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion: amused myself with a puzzle.
2. To cause to laugh or smile by being funny: amused the crowd with jokes.
3. Archaic To delude or deceive.

[From Middle French amuser, from Old French, to fill with vain hopes, deceive : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + muser, to stare stupidly; see muse.]

a·mus′a·ble adj.
a·mus′er n.
Synonyms: amuse, entertain, divert, regale
These verbs refer to activities that provide pleasure or enjoyment. Amuse can suggest the idle pleasure derived from a pastime: I amused myself with a game of solitaire. It can also suggest the enjoyment of something humorous or laughable: The antics of the little dog amused the children. Entertain often implies a pleasure actively pursued by the imagination or through play: entertained herself with thoughts of what the weekend would bring; children entertaining themselves with games and puppets. It also refers to the enjoyment derived from artistic performance: has been entertaining audiences with his stories and music for many years. Divert implies distraction from worry, boredom, or low spirits: "I had neither Friends or Books to divert me" (Richard Steele).
To regale is to entertain with something that causes great mirth: "He loved to regale his friends with tales about the many memorable characters he had known as a newspaperman" (David Rosenzweig).

amuse

(əˈmjuːz)
vb (tr)
1. to keep pleasantly occupied; entertain; divert
2. to cause to laugh or smile
[C15: from Old French amuser to cause to be idle, from muser to muse1]

a•muse

(əˈmyuz)

v.t. a•mused, a•mus•ing.
1. to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly; entertain or divert: to keep guests amused at dinner.
2. to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in: The comedian's jokes amused everyone.
3. Archaic. to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
4. Obs. to engross; absorb.
[1470–80; < Middle French amuser to divert; see a-5, muse]
a•mus′a•ble, adj.
a•mus′ed•ly, adv.
a•mus′er, n.
syn: amuse, divert, entertain mean to occupy the attention with something pleasant. That which amuses is usu. playful or humorous and pleases the fancy. divert implies turning the attention from serious thoughts or pursuits to something light, amusing, or lively. That which entertains usu. does so because of a plan or program that engages the attention by being pleasing and sometimes instructive.

amuse


Past participle: amused
Gerund: amusing

Imperative
amuse
amuse
Present
I amuse
you amuse
he/she/it amuses
we amuse
you amuse
they amuse
Preterite
I amused
you amused
he/she/it amused
we amused
you amused
they amused
Present Continuous
I am amusing
you are amusing
he/she/it is amusing
we are amusing
you are amusing
they are amusing
Present Perfect
I have amused
you have amused
he/she/it has amused
we have amused
you have amused
they have amused
Past Continuous
I was amusing
you were amusing
he/she/it was amusing
we were amusing
you were amusing
they were amusing
Past Perfect
I had amused
you had amused
he/she/it had amused
we had amused
you had amused
they had amused
Future
I will amuse
you will amuse
he/she/it will amuse
we will amuse
you will amuse
they will amuse
Future Perfect
I will have amused
you will have amused
he/she/it will have amused
we will have amused
you will have amused
they will have amused
Future Continuous
I will be amusing
you will be amusing
he/she/it will be amusing
we will be amusing
you will be amusing
they will be amusing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been amusing
you have been amusing
he/she/it has been amusing
we have been amusing
you have been amusing
they have been amusing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been amusing
you will have been amusing
he/she/it will have been amusing
we will have been amusing
you will have been amusing
they will have been amusing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been amusing
you had been amusing
he/she/it had been amusing
we had been amusing
you had been amusing
they had been amusing
Conditional
I would amuse
you would amuse
he/she/it would amuse
we would amuse
you would amuse
they would amuse
Past Conditional
I would have amused
you would have amused
he/she/it would have amused
we would have amused
you would have amused
they would have amused
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.amuse - occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashionamuse - occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies"
entertain - provide entertainment for
2.amuse - make (somebody) laughamuse - make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children"
cheer up, jolly along, jolly up, cheer - cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful; "She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee"
convulse - make someone convulse with laughter; "The comedian convulsed the crowd"

amuse

verb
1. entertain, please, delight, charm, cheer, tickle, gratify, beguile, enliven, regale, gladden The thought seemed to amuse him.
entertain bore, tire, weary, jade, be tedious to, send someone to sleep, pall on
2. occupy, interest, involve, engage, entertain, absorb, divert, engross Put a selection of toys in his cot to amuse him if he wakes early.
Quotations
"We are not amused" [Queen Victoria]

amuse

verb
To occupy in an agreeable or pleasing way:
Translations
يُسلّييُسَلِّييُضْحِك
bavit sepobavitrozveselit se
moremore sigunderholde
huvittaaviihdyttää
zabaviti
skemmtaskemmta sér
楽しませる
즐겁게 하다
juokingaijuokingaslinksmumaspadaryti pramogąprajuokinti
kavēt laikuuzjautrinātuzjautrināties
rozveseliť
zabavati
roa
ชวนขัน
eğlendirmekgüldürmekneşelendirmekoyalamak
làm buồn cười

amuse

[əˈmjuːz] VT
1. (= cause mirth to) → divertir
the thought seemed to amuse himla idea parecía divertirle
this amused everybodydivirtió or hizo reír a todos
we are not amused (hum) → no nos hace gracia
to be amused at or bydivertirse con
with an amused expressioncon una mirada risueña
2. (= entertain) → distraer, entretener
to keep sb amusedentretener a algn
this should keep them amused for yearsesto deberá ocupar su atención por muchos años
to amuse o.sdistraerse
run along and amuse yourselvesmarchaos y a pasarlo bien

amuse

[əˈmjuːz] vt
(= cause to laugh) → amuser
The idea obviously amused him → L'idée l'amusait manifestement beaucoup.
(= entertain, occupy) → distraire
We had to keep thinking of things to amuse her → Nous devions en permanence chercher de quoi de la distraire.
to amuse o.s. with sth → s'occuper avec qch
to amuse o.s. by doing sth → s'occuper en faisant qch

amuse

vt
(= cause mirth)amüsieren, belustigen; you amuse me, how can anyone …?dass ich nicht lache or da muss ich ja (mal) lachen, wie kann man nur …?
(= entertain)unterhalten; let the children do it if it amuses themlass die Kinder doch, wenn es ihnen Spaß macht
vr the children can amuse themselves for a whiledie Kinder können sich eine Zeit lang selbst beschäftigen; could you amuse yourself with the magazines in the meantime?könntest du dir derweil ein bisschen die Zeitschriften ansehen or dich derweil mit den Zeitschriften beschäftigen?; to amuse oneself (by) doing somethingetw zu seinem Vergnügen or aus Spaß tun; how do you amuse yourself now you’re retired?wie vertreiben Sie sich (dat)die Zeit, wo Sie jetzt im Ruhestand sind?; he amuses himself with crossword puzzleser löst zum Zeitvertreib Kreuzworträtsel; he’s just amusing himself with herer amüsiert sich nur mit ihr

amuse

[əˈmjuːz] vt (cause mirth) → divertire, far ridere; (entertain) → (far) divertire
to be amused at → essere divertito/a da
he was not amused → non l'ha trovato divertente
to amuse o.s. with sth/by doing sth → divertirsi con qc/a fare qc
run along and amuse yourselves → andate a divertirvi

amuse

(əˈmjuːz) verb
1. to make (someone) laugh. I was amused at the monkey's antics.
2. to interest or give pleasure to (for a time). They amused themselves playing cards.
aˈmusement noun
1. the state of being amused or of finding something funny. a smile of amusement.
2. an entertainment or interest. surfing and other holiday amusements.
aˈmusing adjective
rather funny or humorous. an amusing story.
aˈmusingly adverb

amuse

يُسَلِّي pobavit more amüsieren ψυχαγωγώ divertir huvittaa amuser zabaviti divertire 楽しませる 즐겁게 하다 vermaken more (seg) rozśmieszyć divertir веселить roa ชวนขัน eğlendirmek làm buồn cười 使发笑
References in classic literature ?
It offers you a new sensation to amuse you while you are ill.
How you will amuse your friend, when he comes back from fishing, with the story of the young lady who lives in the dark, and keeps a company of performing cats
You imagine no doubt, gentlemen, that I want to amuse you.
My object in writing the following pages was not simply to amuse the Reader; neither was it to gratify my own taste, nor yet to ingratiate myself with the Press and the Public: I wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it.
Such humble talents as God has given me I will endeavour to put to their greatest use; if I am able to amuse, I will try to benefit too; and when I feel it my duty to speak an unpalatable truth, with the help of God, I WILL speak it, though it be to the prejudice of my name and to the detriment of my reader's immediate pleasure as well as my own.
She is a hard, clever Frenchwoman, who would like to amuse herself and enjoy her Paris, and she must be bored to death at passing all her time in the midst of stupid English people who mumble broken French at her.
But, as Uncle Alec's experiment was intended to amuse the young folks, rather than suggest educational improvements for the consideration of the elders, she trusts that these shortcomings will be overlooked by the friends of the Eight Cousins, and she will try to make amends in a second volume, which shall attempt to show The Rose in Bloom.
Isn't there some nice girl who'd read and amuse you?
Now please take the big chair and let me do something to amuse my company.
A SAILOR, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse him while on shipboard.
I am supposed to amuse myself, and, to tell the truth, I have amused myself.
An episode of humour or kindness touches and amuses him here and there--a pretty child looking at a gingerbread stall; a pretty girl blushing whilst her lover talks to her and chooses her fairing; poor Tom Fool, yonder behind the waggon, mumbling his bone with the honest family which lives by his tumbling; but the general impression is one more melancholy than mirthful.