bemuse


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be·muse

 (bĭ-myo͞oz′)
tr.v. be·mused, be·mus·ing, be·mus·es
1. To cause to be bewildered; confuse.
2. To occupy the attention of; absorb or engross: The book bemused him for days.
3. Usage Problem To cause to be mildly or wryly amused: "Unlike William McKinley, whose priggishness bemused him, Roosevelt had no compunctions about smoking cigars in public" (Joseph Conlin).

be·mus′ed·ly (-myo͞o′zĭd-lē) adv.
be·muse′ment n.
Usage Note: The word bemused is sometimes used to mean "amused, especially when finding something wryly funny," as in The stream of jokes from the comedian left the audience bemused, with some breaking out into guffaws. Most of the Usage Panel does not like this usage, with 78 percent rejecting this sentence in our 2005 survey. By contrast, 84 percent accepted a sentence in which bemused means "confused."

bemuse

(bɪˈmjuːz)
vb
(tr) to confuse; bewilder
beˈmusement n
beˈmusing adj

be•muse

(bɪˈmyuz)

v.t. -mused, -mus•ing.
1. to bewilder; confuse.
2. to cause to become lost in thought.
[1695–1705]
be•mus′ed•ly (-ˈmyu zɪd li) adv.
be•muse′ment, n.

bemuse


Past participle: bemused
Gerund: bemusing

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am bemusing
you are bemusing
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we are bemusing
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they are bemusing
Present Perfect
I have bemused
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Past Continuous
I was bemusing
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he/she/it was bemusing
we were bemusing
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they were bemusing
Past Perfect
I had bemused
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Future
I will bemuse
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Future Perfect
I will have bemused
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Future Continuous
I will be bemusing
you will be bemusing
he/she/it will be bemusing
we will be bemusing
you will be bemusing
they will be bemusing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bemusing
you have been bemusing
he/she/it has been bemusing
we have been bemusing
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they have been bemusing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bemusing
you will have been bemusing
he/she/it will have been bemusing
we will have been bemusing
you will have been bemusing
they will have been bemusing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bemusing
you had been bemusing
he/she/it had been bemusing
we had been bemusing
you had been bemusing
they had been bemusing
Conditional
I would bemuse
you would bemuse
he/she/it would bemuse
we would bemuse
you would bemuse
they would bemuse
Past Conditional
I would have bemused
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bemuse - cause to be confused emotionallybemuse - cause to be confused emotionally  
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert - cause to lose one's composure

bemuse

verb puzzle, stun, confuse, overwhelm, stump, baffle, bewilder, muddle, daze, confound, perplex, mystify, flummox, nonplus, amaze It doesn't bemuse readers with pompous language.

bemuse

verb
To dull the senses, as with a heavy blow, a shock, or fatigue:
Chiefly Regional: maze.
Translations

bemuse

[bɪˈmjuːz] VTaturdir, confundir

bemuse

[bɪˈmjuːz] vt (= bewilder) → décontenancer, déconcerter
He was rather bemused by children
BUT Les enfants le rendaient plutôt perplexe.
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The credit industry and other data-handlers behave as they do bemuse in many cases, no one but the victim cares about identity theft.
Fast-growing fish therefore get "penalized" evolutionarily bemuse they quickly become large enough to get caught, says David O.
I think that people will no longer shun doing abortions bemuse they fear the ostracism of their peers.
The taxpayer has much to gain and little to lose bemuse he does not forfeit any decision-making authority; mediation is nonbinding and the mediator does not have the authority to settle or render a decision that will negatively affect the taxpayer.