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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: amuser, from muser; MUSE1

amuse

verb
     
a‧muse [transitive]
1 to make someone laugh or smile:
He made funny faces to amuse the children.
The question seemed to amuse him in some way.
It amused me to think back to my life in London.
2 to make time pass in an enjoyable way, so that you do not get bored [= entertain]:
Doing jigsaws would amuse Amy for hours on end.
The kids amused themselves playing hide-and-seek.

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