WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•muse /əˈmyuz/USA pronunciation   v. [~ + object], a•mused, a•mus•ing. 
  1. to hold the attention of (someone);
    entertain or keep occupied:The video games amused the children for hours.
  2. to cause (someone) to laugh, smile, or the like:The comedian's jokes amused everyone.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•muse  (ə myo̅o̅z),USA pronunciation v.t.,  a•mused, a•mus•ing. 
  1. to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly;
    entertain or divert in an enjoyable or cheerful manner:She amused the guests with witty conversation.
  2. to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in:The comedian amused the audience with a steady stream of jokes.
  3. to cause (time, leisure, etc.) to pass agreeably.
  4. [Archaic.]to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
  5. [Obs.]
    • to engross;
    • to puzzle;
a•musa•ble, adj. 
a•muser, n. 
  • Middle French amuser to divert, amuse; see a-5, muse
  • 1470–80
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged please, charm, cheer.
      Amuse, divert, entertain mean to occupy the attention with something pleasant. That which
      amuses is usually playful or humorous and pleases the fancy.
      Divert implies turning the attention from serious thoughts or pursuits to something light, amusing, or lively. That which
      entertains usually does so because of a plan or program that engages and holds the attention by being pleasing and sometimes instructive.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

amuse /əˈmjuːz/ vb (transitive)
  1. to keep pleasantly occupied; entertain; divert
  2. to cause to laugh or smile
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French amuser to cause to be idle, from muser to muse1

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