I. verb — [with obj.] 1. cause (someone) to find something funny • he made faces to amuse her
• (as adj. amused)
people looked on with amused curiosity.
2. provide interesting and enjoyable occupation for (someone); entertain • they amused themselves digging through an old encyclopedia.
II. derivatives amusedly adverb
amuse (sense 1)
– origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘delude, deceive’): from Old French amuser ‘entertain, deceive’, from a- (expressing causal effect) + muser ‘stare stupidly’. Current senses date from the mid 17th cent.