amuse, divert, disport(verb)
occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
"The play amused the ladies"
make (somebody) laugh
"The clown amused the children"
To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.
To cause laughter, to be funny.
To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
He amused his followers with idle promises. -Johnson.
To divert attention, to distract, to bewilder.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To entertain, in the sense here considered, is to engage and pleasantly occupy the attention; to amuse is to occupy the attention in an especially bright and cheerful way, often with that which excites merriment or laughter; as, he entertained us with an amusing story. To divert is to turn from serious thoughts or laborious pursuits to something that lightly and agreeably occupies the mind; one may be entertained or amused who has nothing serious or laborious from which to be diverted. To recreate, literally to re-create, is to engage mind or body in some pleasing activity that restores strength and energy for serious work. To beguile is, as it were, to cheat into cheer and comfort by something that insensibly draws thought or feeling away from pain or disquiet. We beguile a weary hour, cheer the despondent, divert the preoccupied, enliven a dull evening or company, gratify our friends' wishes, entertain, interest, please a listening audience, occupy idle time, disport ourselves when merry, recreate when worn with toil; we amuse ourselves or others with whatever pleasantly passes the time without special exertion, each according to his taste.
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How to use amuse in a sentence?
To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.
It’s a new step for me. We will welcome people from all over, I expect. Access is going to depend on the time of year. It will be cosy, charming and unique, it’s exciting bringing back to life an old, sad building and again giving it purpose. It is a new departure for us to try short lets and we hope it will amuse people.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Let us not teach them, but amuse them.
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- забавлявам, развличам, разсмивамBulgarian
- distreure, divertir, entretenirCatalan, Valencian
- amüsieren, vergnügen, erheitern, belustigenGerman
- distraer, entretener, divertirSpanish
- huvittaa, naurattaa, viihdyttää, hauskuuttaaFinnish
- entreter, divertirPortuguese
- позабавить, завлекать, завлечь, отвлечь, забавлять, развлекать, развлечь, отвлекатьRussian
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