Etymology: Middle French amuser, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + muser to muse
Date: 15th century
a. archaic to divert the attention of so as to deceive
b. obsolete to occupy the attention of ; absorb
c. obsolete distract, bewilder
a. to entertain or occupy in a light, playful, or pleasant manner <amuse the child with a story> b. to appeal to the sense of humor of <the joke doesn't amuse me> intransitive verb obsolete muse • amusedly adverb • amuser noun Synonyms: amuse, divert, entertain mean to pass or cause to pass the time pleasantly. amuse suggests that one's attention is engaged lightly or frivolously <. divert implies the distracting of the attention from worry or routine occupation especially by something funny <a light comedy to divert the tired businessman>. entertain suggests supplying amusement or diversion by specially prepared or contrived methods <a magician entertaining children at a party>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.