amuse /əˈmjuːz/


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


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.

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