Definition of “amuse” - English Dictionary

“amuse” in English

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amuseverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈmjuːz/ us /əˈmjuːz/

B2 to entertain someone, especially by humorous speech 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 to see people make fools of themselves.
Apparently these stories are meant to amuse.

B2 to keep someone happy, especially for a short time:

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)

“amuse” in American English

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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 your child can amuse herself for a whole hour.

amuse verb [ T ] (MAKE LAUGH)

to make someone smile or laugh:

His subtle humor amused me.
Her ability to hack into computer systems did not amuse her superiors.
adjective us /əˈmju·zɪŋ/

One amusing story after another kept the audience laughing.

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