Pronunciation: (u-myOOz'), [key]
—v.t., a•mused, a•mus•ing.
1. to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly; entertain or divert in an enjoyable or cheerful manner: She amused the guests with witty conversation.
2. to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in: The comedian amused the audience with a steady stream of jokes.
3. to cause (time, leisure, etc.) to pass agreeably.
4. Archaic.to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
a. to engross; absorb.
b. to puzzle; distract.
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