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amusementnoun

uk   us   /əˈmjuːz.mənt/
B2 [U] the ​feeling of being ​entertained or made to ​laugh: She ​looked at him with amusement. I ​looked on in amusement as they ​started to ​argue. Carl came last in the ​race, (much) to my amusement. I ​play the ​piano just for my own amusement (= to ​entertain myself, not other ​people).B2 [C] an ​activity that you can take ​part in for ​entertainment: There was a ​range of fairground amusements, ​includingrides, ​stalls, and competitions.

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

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amusementnoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈmjuz·mənt/
something that ​entertains you, or the ​state of being ​amused by something that ​entertains you: [U] For the children’s amusement, Elizabeth ​helped them put on a ​play.
something that ​amuses you by making you ​smile or ​laugh, or the ​state of being ​amused by something that makes you ​smile or ​laugh: [U] We ​watched the ​clown with ​great amusement.
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