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

in ancient Greek and Roman stories, 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/

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)