- IPA: /əˈmjuːz/
amuse (amuses, present participle amusing; past and past participle amused)
- (transitive) To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.
- I watch these movies because they amuse me.
- It always amuses me to hear the funny stories why people haven't got a ticket, but I never let them get in without paying.
- A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake.
- To cause laughter or amusement; to be funny.
- His jokes rarely fail to amuse.
- (transitive, archaic) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
- He amused his followers with idle promises.
- (transitive, archaic) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.
- Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold.
- 1655, Thomas Fuller, Church History of England
- Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house.
- French: amuser
- German: amüsieren, vergnügen
- Italian: svagare
- Portuguese: entreter, divertir
- Russian: забавля́ть
- Spanish: entretener, distraer
- Russian: завлека́ть