Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
amuse

a·muse

amuse

 
pronunciation:
myuz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: amused, amuses, amusing
definition 1: to occupy the attention of in a pleasing manner; entertain.
In those days, we had only radio to amuse us in the evenings.He amused his friends with his magic tricks.
synonyms:
beguile, cheer, divert, entertain, occupy
antonyms:
bore
similar words:
absorb, disport, engross, interest, recreate, tickle
definition 2: to cause to smile or laugh.
Her joke did not amuse her boss although her co-workers found it funny.
synonyms:
cheer, gladden, please, tickle
antonyms:
depress
similar words:
charm, delight, enliven, exhilarate, regale