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
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She could not roam about and amuse herself, for the burned breadth would show, so she stared at people rather forlornly till the dancing began.
Uncas acted as attendant to the females, performing all the little offices within his power, with a mixture of dignity and anxious grace, that served to amuse Heyward, who well knew that it was an utter innovation on the Indian customs, which forbid their warriors to descend to any menial employment, especially in favor of their women.
Hastily folding and directing this, she went to a drawer and made up a little package of clothing for her boy, which she tied with a handkerchief firmly round her waist; and, so fond is a mother's remembrance, that, even in the terrors of that hour, she did not forget to put in the little package one or two of his favorite toys, reserving a gayly painted parrot to amuse him, when she should be called on to awaken him.
The priests had told their fathers and themselves that this ironical state of things was ordained of God; and so, not reflecting upon how unlike God it would be to amuse himself with sarcasms, and especially such poor transparent ones as this, they had dropped the matter there and become respectfully quiet.
I think they said to themselves, 'Doubtless this curiosity has got away from his keeper--let us amuse ourselves with him.
But he grew tired once more, after a while; tried to amuse him- self with a fly but found no relief; followed an ant around, with his nose close to the floor, and quickly wearied of that; yawned, sighed, forgot the beetle entirely, and sat down on it.
Must I never try any more poetry, not even to amuse myself?
She recalled her past kindness the kindness, the affection of sixteen years how she had taught and how she had played with her from five years old how she had devoted all her powers to attach and amuse her in health and how nursed her through the various illnesses of childhood.
Pleased to find herself more comfortably situated in that particular than she had expected, Elinor was very willing to compound for the want of much real enjoyment from any of their evening parties, which, whether at home or abroad, formed only for cards, could have little to amuse her.
That night, on going to bed, I forgot to prepare in imagination the Barmecide supper of hot roast potatoes, or white bread and new milk, with which I was wont to amuse my inward cravings: I feasted instead on the spectacle of ideal drawings, which I saw in the dark; all the work of my own hands: freely pencilled houses and trees, picturesque rocks and ruins, Cuyp-like groups of cattle, sweet paintings of butterflies hovering over unblown roses, of birds picking at ripe cherries, of wren's nests enclosing pearl-like eggs, wreathed about with young ivy sprays.
After playing lady's-maid to the new-comer, and putting my cakes in the oven, and making the house and kitchen cheerful with great fires, befitting Christmas-eve, I prepared to sit down and amuse myself by singing carols, all alone; regardless of Joseph's affirmations that he considered the merry tunes I chose as next door to songs.
The barber did not care to answer Sancho lest by his plain speaking he should disclose what the curate and he himself were trying so hard to conceal; and under the same apprehension the curate had asked the canon to ride on a little in advance, so that he might tell him the mystery of this man in the cage, and other things that would amuse him.