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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
keep sb busy/amused/occupied
▪ some toys to keep the kids amused
▪ It always amuses me when Liberal Democrats accuse me of having a ministerial career.
▪ He was nearly always amusing, never boring.
▪ They found the whole episode highly amusing.
▪ I was highly amused to see that his great mind had overlooked one little detail.
▪ It remains highly amusing to us.
▪ He seems very amused by the subterfuge.
▪ I was very amused at this, and insisted on showing the manager what it was.
▪ She also had the powerful sense of humour which her children inherited, and could be very amusing in conversation.
▪ There's also a very amusing incident with a kebab.
▪ On another day he might have found it all very amusing.
▪ While they're waiting, there are puzzles, games and stories to keep them amused.
▪ His numerous critics will find plenty to amuse them in this volume.
▪ Tom found the tomb vastly amusing.
▪ And he found the realization somewhat amusing, now that he was alone again.
▪ On another day he might have found it all very amusing.
▪ Not everyone has found this so amusing.
▪ This is an ideal set of programs to introduce your children to computers and will keep them amused for months.
▪ I knew that keeping Jasper amused, making him happy, and keeping myself deserving of him, was my one achievement.
▪ Signs exist to make driving safer, not to keep the regional council amused.
▪ On the other hand, it keeps us amused, so what the hell?
▪ If you fancy a break from sunbathing, the slot pool and table tennis are sure to keep you amused.
▪ But for those who take the plunge there is plenty to keep them amused, particularly if they play bowls or golf.
▪ Seven lifts would keep me amused for about two hours.
▪ They carry your luggage and your provisions; they will even keep you amused along the way by pulling faces.
▪ He seems very amused by the subterfuge.
▪ For some reason, John Langford tolerated him; even seemed to be amused by him.
▪ It seemed to amuse the studio crew.
▪ But in dozens of interviews he has perfected his eccentric act, which seems to amuse him.
▪ Alexei did not understand why Jotan seemed to be amused by the notion, and so he said nothing.
▪ Tony seemed amused as he took a bite of pot roast and scanned the room.
▪ His answer seemed to amuse them.
▪ That night in 1974, he seemed amused by the way I spoke.
▪ I could not tell whether she was smiling because the book amused her or because it was so badly written.
▪ In trying to amuse children and grown-ups, it contains scenes which will displease both.
▪ Many princes and rich men try in vain to amuse her.
keep sb amused
▪ Listening to the radio keeps me amused while I'm driving.
▪ Adams first began drawing cartoons to amuse his coworkers.
▪ It amuses me to see politicians so eager to please at election time.
▪ Most ski resorts offer activities to amuse children and even non-skiers.
▪ Something in the report had obviously amused him.
▪ In college she had liked his clipping service; now she seemed only amused by it.
▪ Peering through steel-rimmed spectacles were chilly gray eyes that found little to be amused by.
▪ She could go two days without sleep and was amused by the test she was undergoing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Amuse \A*muse"\, v. i. To muse; to mediate. [Obs.]


Amuse \A*muse"\ ([.a]*m[=u]z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amused ([.a]*m[=u]zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Amusing.] [F. amuser to make stay, to detain, to amuse, [`a] (L. ad) + OF. muser. See Muse, v.]

  1. To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder. [Obs.]

    Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold.

    Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house.

  2. To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.

    A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake.

  3. To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.

    He amused his followers with idle promises.

    Syn: To entertain; gratify; please; divert; beguile; deceive; occupy.

    Usage: To Amuse, Divert, Entertain. We are amused by that which occupies us lightly and pleasantly. We are entertained by that which brings our minds into agreeable contact with others, as conversation, or a book. We are diverted by that which turns off our thoughts to something of livelier interest, especially of a sportive nature, as a humorous story, or a laughable incident.

    Whatever amuses serves to kill time, to lull the faculties, and to banish reflection. Whatever entertains usually awakens the understanding or gratifies the fancy. Whatever diverts is lively in its nature, and sometimes tumultuous in its effects.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "to divert the attention, beguile, delude," from Middle French amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly" (see muse (v.)). Sense of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning. Related: Amused; amusing.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions. 2 To cause laughter, to be funny. 3 (context transitive archaic English) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude. 4 (context transitive archaic English) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.

  1. v. occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies" [syn: divert, disport]

  2. make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children"

AMuse (software)

AMuse is a freeware music collection manager for AmigaOS4 that includes client functionality . AMuse supports submissions of locally played music, listening to similar artists and user library, scrobbling of tracks. AMuse's graphical interface is written in AWNpipe, a handler that provides access to AmigaOS graphical objects, the main program is written in AREXX, submissions, playlist retrieval and scrobbling is done by means of Python scripts. Playback is performed by TuneNet. AMuse is developed by Yakov Mindelis.

Usage examples of "amuse".

I have the knack of putting an end to an intrigue when it has ceased to amuse me, I have no hesitation in accepting your proposal.

I declined to be present at his suppers, which were far from amusing, and gave the family of the actress an opportunity of laughing at the poor fool who was paying for them.

He amused me with the enumeration of all her adorable qualities, and of all the cruelties she was practising upon him, for, although she received him at all hours, she repulsed him harshly whenever he tried to steal the slightest favour.

But if she would like to come here this afternoon with her sewing, the neighbors are coming too, and so is Ali Aga, to amuse us.

It was a little amusing to me that I could speak with some authority to skilled and experienced agriculturists, who felt our rivalry at Mark lane, but who did not dream that with the third great move of Australia towards the markets of the world through cold storage we could send beef, mutton, lamb, poultry, eggs, and all kinds of fruit to the consumers of Europe, and especially of England and its metropolis.

The Admiral, who had previously amused himself by giving an alarming description of this ceremony, now very courteously exempted his guests from the inconvenience and ridicule attending it.

Ah, Alec, we may well laugh now, but I assure you, it was not very amusing at the time.

That is not very amusing, but we expect a Carmelite from Paris who will do the duty of our almonry, and who, we are assured, speaks very well, which will keep us awake, whereas our present almoner always sends us to sleep.

But the idea of simple scribal manipulation, which would mean that such desires never even existed, and which is advanced by modern authorities and bolstered by the similar examples from other cultures and by the predilection of scribes for amusing themselves with word and alphabet games, seems the best explanation.

It does not, I should suppose, lie in the way of The Century, whose general audience on both sides of the Atlantic takes only an amused interest in this singular revival of a traditional literary animosity--an anachronism in these tolerant days when the reading world cares less and less about the origin of literature that pleases it--it does not lie in the way of The Century to do more than report this phenomenal literary effervescence.

He was amused to find, when he finished, that the portrait resembled the one he had done of himself in Arles, before Gauguin arrived.

The askew dimple gave his face an amused look, in spite of the fact that his eyes were black with anger.

After skewing myself at the two principal walks of Paris, amusing myself by the astonishment depicted on certain faces well known to me, I went and returned the ear-rings to my dear Manon, who gave an astonished but a happy cry when she saw me.

If empire had amused him as athleticism did there would have been no equal in all history to Commodus.

Madame la Riviere, who received them in a thoroughly professional spirit, and I was inwardly amused and felt that her axiom was a true one.