- amuse [ə myo͞oz′]vt.amused, amusing [Fr amuser < à, at + OFr muser, to stare fixedly, MUSE]1. to keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain [we amused ourselves with games]2. to make laugh, smile, etc. by being comical or humorous3. Obs. to engage the attention of so as to deceive; delude; bemuseamusableadj.amusern.amusedlyadv.SYN.- AMUSE suggests the agreeable occupation of the mind, esp. by something that appeals to the sense of humor [the monkey's antics amused him ]; to DIVERT is to take the attention from serious thought or worry to something gay or light; ENTERTAIN implies planned amusement or diversion, often with some intellectual appeal [another guest entertained us with folk songs ]; BEGUILE suggests the occupation of time with an agreeable activity, largely to dispel boredom or tedium-ANT. BORE
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.