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bemuse

be·muse

bemuse

pronunciation:
b myuz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bemused, bemuses, bemusing
definition 1: to confuse or bewilder (someone).
As she seemed to have an opinion on everything, her silence on this particular subject bemused him.
definition 2: to cause to be preoccupied or lost in thought.
The news of his ex-wife getting married again bemused him momentarily.
derivation: bemusedly (adv.)
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The word bemuse contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.