amuse
verb (amused; amusing) Etymology: Middle French amuser, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + muser to muse Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. archaic to divert the attention of so as to deceive b. obsolete to occupy the attention of ; absorb c. obsolete distract, bewilder 2. 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 museamusedly adverbamuser 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 <
amuse yourselves while I prepare dinner
>
. 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
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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