Amuse

Definition of Amuse

A`muse´   Pronunciation: å`mūz´
v. t.1.To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.
[imp. & p. p. Amused (å*mūzd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Amusing.]
Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold.
- Holland.
Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house.
- Fuller.
2.To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.
A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake.
- Gilpin.
3.To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
He amused his followers with idle promises.
- Johnson.
v. i.1.To muse; to mediate.

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