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Meaning of “muse” in the English Dictionary

"muse" in British English

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museverb [I]

uk   us   /mjuːz/ formal

musenoun [C]

uk   us   /mjuːz/ literary
an ​imaginary being, ​person, or ​force that gives someone ​ideas and ​helps them to write, ​paint, or make ​music: The muse has ​left me - I haven't written any ​poetry for ​months! Juliet was not only the painter's ​bestmodel but also his muse.

Musenoun [C]

uk   us   /mjuːz/ literary
in ​ancientGreek and ​Romanstories, one of the nine goddesses who were ​believed to give ​encouragement in different ​areas of ​literature, ​art, and ​music
(Definition of muse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"muse" in American English

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museverb [I/T]

 us   /mjuz/
to ​think about something ​carefully and for a ​longtime: [I always + adv/prep] At ​breakfast, he ​allowed himself to muse about his ​presidency.

musenoun [C/U]

 us   /mjuz/
  • muse noun [C/U] (IMAGINARY FORCE)

an ​imaginaryforce that gives you ​ideas and ​helps you to write, ​paint, or make ​music, or a ​physicalrepresentation of this ​force
(Definition of muse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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