verb (used with object), a·mused, a·mus·ing.
- to engross; absorb.
- to puzzle; distract.
- amur cork tree,
- amur privet,
- amusement arcade
Origin of amuse
Examples from the Web for amuse
The purpose of art,” Bemelmans once said, “is to console and amuse—myself, and, I hope, others.Madeline’s New York Moment: Ludwig Bemelmans’ Heroine Comes Home|Erin Cunningham|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A purse can impress and intimidate, bewilder, berate, or amuse.
The Embassy produced a short video in advance of the trip, which, in the spirit of our times, is meant to both inform and amuse.
His masters would then amuse themselves by pelting him with bones.
Lear allows himself a chuckle—something he frequently does when discussing the things that both alarm and amuse him.
This little fiction is to amuse the credulous, and would be 'important if true.'Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
To amuse him, I sometimes said whatever came into my head, without the least ceremony, and often made him laugh heartily.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete|Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
The author's object being to interest and amuse, it must be admitted that he has succeeded.The Golden Galleon|Robert Leighton
But, of course, you've either got to amuse people or feed 'em or shock 'em.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
For Mrs. Langton had begged him to do something to amuse the children. 'The Giant's Robe|F. Anstey
Word Origin for amuse
late 15c., "to divert the attention, beguile, delude," from Middle French amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly" (see muse (v.)). Sense of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning. Related: Amused; amusing.