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Meaning of “amuse” in the English Dictionary

"amuse" in British English

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amuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /əˈmjuːz/
B2 to ​entertain someone, ​especially by ​humorousspeech 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 toseepeople make ​fools of themselves. Apparently these ​stories are ​meant to amuse.B2 to ​keep someone ​happy, ​especially for a ​shorttime: We amused ​ourselves by ​watching the passers-by. Shall I put on a ​DVD to amuse the ​kids?

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(Definition of amuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​yourchild can amuse herself for a ​wholehour.
  • amuse verb [T] (MAKE LAUGH)

to make someone ​smile or ​laugh: His ​subtlehumor amused me. Her ​ability to ​hack into ​computersystems did not amuse her ​superiors.
amusing
adjective  us   /əˈmju·zɪŋ/
One amusing ​story after another ​kept the ​audiencelaughing.
(Definition of amuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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