From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmusemuse1 /mjuːz/ verb 🔊 🔊 1[transitive]SAY to say something in a way that shows you are thinking about it carefully 🔊 ‘Somewhere, ’ he mused, ‘I’ve heard your name before.’2[intransitive]THINK ABOUT to think about something for a long time syn pondermuse on/over/about/upon 🔊 He mused on how different his life would have been, had he not met Louisa. —musing noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 her gloomy musings —musingly adverb→ See Verb table
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muse• How different things seem with a little light on the subject, I mused.• What a doleful and mockingfuneral, Ishmael muses.• A number of keyexecutivesmused aloud on the prospect of early retirement.• Three cheers for Nantucket, he muses, and the Devil do what he will with me.• Otherwise, Shamlou mused, he resembled a photographicnegative.• Repeating the title, we muse over what the book will probably be about.• "I wonder why she was killed, " mused Poirot.• Perhaps, mused the pundits, he is needed now - at the very top.muse on/over/about/upon• It ends with her musing about buying a pinkscarf because her granddaughter likes pink.• I start musing on how it is we do find ourselves on the same side.• Louis and I would go out for walks and muse about Ibsen.• He mused over it, thinking about Blackbeard's sweat and his icyrage.• Keeler has been musing on the nature of weediness and the likelihood of it evolving among engineeredcrops.• In its aftermath, he muses on the sort of films he should be making.• Maybe a goodbye photo, I mused on the way over.• Newland Archer, as he mused on these things, had once more turned his eyes toward the Mingott box.
musemuse2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1AIDEAsomeone’s muse is the force or person that makes them want to write, paint, or make music, and helps them to have good ideas syn inspiration 🔊 Rossetti’s wife and creative muse2 (also Muse) one of the nine ancientGreek goddesses who each represented a particular art or science 🔊 the Muse of History