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Pronunciation: \[schwa]-'myuz\




1 : to entertain with something pleasant <She amused herself with a book.>

2 : to please the sense of humor of <The children found his silly jokes amusing.>

synonyms: amuse and entertain mean to cause the time to pass in an agreeable way. amuse is used for holding someone's interest with something that is pleasant or humorous. <The toy amused the child for hours.> entertain is used when something special is done to provide a person with amusement. <Celebrities put on a show to entertain the troops.>

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