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"amuse" in British English

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amuseverb [I or T]

uk   /əˈmjuːz/ us   /əˈmjuːz/
B2 to entertain someone, especially by humorous speech or action or by making them laugh or smile: I've brought an article from yesterday's paper that I thought might amuse you. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I think it amuses him to see people make fools of themselves. Apparently these stories are meant to amuse.
B2 to keep someone happy, especially for a short time: We amused ourselves by watching the passers-by. Shall I put on a DVD to amuse the kids?

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"amuse" in American English

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amuseverb [T]

us   /əˈmjuz/
  • amuse verb [T] (ENTERTAIN)

to keep the attention of someone by entertaining that person: It’s a relief when your child can amuse herself for a whole hour.
  • amuse verb [T] (MAKE LAUGH)

to make someone smile or laugh: His subtle humor amused me. Her ability to hack into computer systems did not amuse her superiors.
amusing
adjective us   /əˈmju·zɪŋ/
One amusing story after another kept the audience laughing.
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