Meaning of “muse” in the English Dictionary

"muse" in British English

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museverb [ I ]

uk /mjuːz/ us /mjuːz/ formal

musenoun [ C ]

uk /mjuːz/ 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 best model but also his muse.

Musenoun [ C ]

uk /mjuːz/ us /mjuːz/ literary

(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/

muse verb [ I/T ] (THINK)

to think about something carefully and for a long time:

[ 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 imaginary force that gives you ideas and helps you to write, paint, or make music, or a physical representation of this force

(Definition of “muse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)