amuse vs bemuse

amuse bemuse


  • 1) transitive, archaic To divert attention, to distract, to bewilder.
  • 2) transitive, archaic To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
  • 3) To cause laughter, to be funny.
  • 4) transitive To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.
  • 5) make (somebody) laugh
  • 6) To keep in expectation, as by flattery, plausible pretenses, and the like; delude; keep in play.
  • 7) To cause to muse; absorb or engage in meditation; occupy or engage wholly; bewilder; puzzle.
  • 8) To fix the attention of agreeably; engage the fancy of; cause to feel cheerful or merry; entertain; divert: as, to amuse an audience with anecdotes or tricks, or children with toys.
  • 9) To muse; meditate.
  • 10) Tomuse;meditate.
  • 11) Synonyms Amuse, Divert, Entertain, Beguile, occupy, please, enliven. Amuse may imply merely the prevention of the tedium of idleness or emptiness of mind: as, I can amuse myself by looking out at the window; or it may suggest a stronger interest: as, I was greatly amused by their tricks. Divert is to turn the attention aside, and (in the use considered here) to something light or mirthful. Entertain is to engage and sustain the attention by something of a pleasing and perhaps instructive character, as conversation; hence the general name entertainment for lectures, exhibitions, etc., designed to interest in this way. “Whatever amuses serves to kill time, to lull the faculties and banish reflection; it may be solitary, sedentary, and lifeless: whatever diverts causes mirth and provokes laughter; it will be active, lively, and tumultuous: whatever entertains acts on the senses and awakens the understanding; it must be rational and is mostly social.” Crabb. Beguile is, figuratively, to cheat one out of weariness, of dull time, etc. The word is as often thus applied to the thing as to the person: as, to beguile a weary hour; to beguile one of his cares.
  • 12) obsolete To muse; to mediate.
  • 13) To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion.
  • 14) To cause to laugh or smile by being funny.
  • 15) Archaic To delude or deceive.
  • 16) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
  • 17) To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.
  • 18) obsolete To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.


  • 1) transitive To confuse or bewilder.
  • 2) archaic, humorous To devote to the Muses.
  • 3) To put into a muse or reverie; confuse; muddle; stupefy.
  • 4) To cause to be bewildered; confuse.
  • 5) To occupy the attention of; absorb or engross.
  • 6) Usage Problem To cause to be mildly or wryly amused.
  • 7) To muddle, daze, or partially stupefy, as with liquor.


  • 1) We also like to be amused and entertained.
  • 2) Now please take the big chair and let me do something to amuse my company.
  • 3) She appears to have been amused by something said by one of the soldiers sitting next to her.
  • 4) So how do you keep them amused at a time when most of us are trying to cut costs?
  • 5) Surely some people won't be amused.
  • 6) He saw each blank card as a challenge, to amuse and entertain.
  • 7) Both have entertained, amused and mirrored life and the fantasy of life for millions.
  • 8) Sara drew her in cautiously, but she looked as if something pleased and amused her.
  • 9) Full of stories and anecdotes that will make your toes curl, it will entertain and amuse you.
  • 10) I have read the book and was intrigued, entertained and amused.
  • 11) For five days I have waited for him to entertain or amuse.
  • 12) Chances are the Russian tourist board won't be amused.
  • 13) He chuckled when I reminded him of this recently, but he was not amused at the time.
  • 14) I'd like a little sorbetto made of brain amuse-bouche, amuse-bouche, he will peel you like a mango
  • 15) "I suppose you will want to, what you call amuse yourself, to see the beasts at Exeter Change, and the playhouses.
  • 16) Carla Hall Lyons who "amuse" - bouched us with her lovingly prepared culinary creations and hilarious quips.
  • 17) The amuse was a goat cheese ball, rolled in parsley and resting on a spoon with tart preserves.
  • 18) I love the idea of amuse bouche through out the meal...
  • 19) The amuse was a cucumber with an amazing swirl of what I think was minted cream on top.
  • 20) I am not objecting to the amusement; only to cease to educate in order to amuse is to degenerate.
  • 21) ‘We were delightfully amused by the cops who came onto the beach to check everyone for booze.’
  • 22) ‘Alicia's polite and cheerful demeanor amuses the man, and he begins to chuckle until the tender sparkle in her eye renders him silent.’
  • 23) ‘I'm glad you like it, the name thing amuses me every time as well.’
  • 24) ‘Unless something amuses me or I happen to be blissfully happy, I'm not usually smiling.’
  • 25) ‘I think that sort of amuses me, though it makes me happy that people are so intrigued by this so far.’
  • 26) ‘I wake up, then the dog wakes up and hops up into the bed, and then Adam wakes up and I lean over and whisper ‘Honey, it's time,’ just because it amuses me, even though I know this may someday come back to haunt me.’
  • 27) ‘Incidentally, one of the responses I've been getting to the book's that a lot of people think it's very funny, and some people see it as a series of antic actions and antic behavior that really amuses some people and makes them laugh.’
  • 28) ‘She amuses me; she'll sit on my computer desk, and if she sees my mouse on the keyboard tray, even slightly, she'll smack it so that it goes flying back under the desktop, usually far enough so that it lands on the CPU underneath.’
  • 29) ‘One thing which amuses me - and I may have mentioned some of this before - is that I can recall when movie and TV studios used to prosecute collectors who had old footage from their shows and movies.’
  • 30) ‘It amuses me that after posting an essay in which I tried (amongst other things) to make a point that passion is more important than style, there were those who would criticize me for the style in which I wrote it.’
  • 31) ‘If you need a quick gag to lighten up your day and the thought of people with glasses getting rubber balls mashed into their skulls amuses you I thoroughly recommend this flick as it delivers the ridiculous comedic goods.’
  • 32) ‘If wackiness amuses you, this is a ‘Don't miss’.’
  • 33) ‘I think I've posted this one, but it still amuses me.’
  • 34) ‘Read the application (in particular question 4 amuses me).’
  • 35) ‘I don't mind it when people's heads roll off their shoulder and land against mine, because the way they snort awake suddenly and realise what position they're in amuses me.’
  • 36) ‘It's a persistent bother, but that always amuses me.’
  • 37) ‘But while absurd wordplay amuses me to no end in film, in books, in conversation and on merchandise, there's a point at which even I am no longer amused.’
  • 38) ‘This will be my ninth year of study, so enrolment doesn't faze me, mammoth queues don't test my patience too much, and the excited chatter of first years mildly amuses me.’
  • 39) ‘Don't ask how I found this out, but it amuses me immensely.’
  • 40) ‘He is very easy to cook for, he always amuses me with his quirky sense of humour and I enjoy being in his company and miss him awfully whenever he is working a different shift then I am.’
  • 41) ‘Have I been put here to entertain you or amuse you, is your life that boring?’
  • 42) ‘They claim it will achieve its goals to welcome, accommodate, entertain and amuse visitors.’
  • 43) ‘In a couple of minutes, I can whip out jumping frogs or hungry mouths that amuse kids for hours.’
  • 44) ‘If you can tear yourself away from the hotel and the beach, you will find plenty of other activities to amuse you.’
  • 45) ‘Who needs a doting husband anyway when you've got money, malls and lots of petty activities to amuse you?’
  • 46) ‘The Australians never really cottoned on to the idea that sport was a way in which gentlemen amused themselves.’
  • 47) ‘Camie and I amused ourselves very well and dear old Betty was very kind to us, helping us in every way she could think of.’
  • 48) ‘I had totally forgotten about it, so have amused myself for a few minutes looking at the search strings.’
  • 49) ‘Here she slept at night, but during the day she amused herself on a table, where the woman had placed a plateful of water.’
  • 50) ‘We amused ourselves by throwing stones at these protrusions as we meandered along the path.’
  • 51) ‘I amused myself by ripping bits of paper off the corner of my finished worksheet.’
  • 52) ‘The family entertainer, she loved to amuse guests by dancing on the dining table.’
  • 53) ‘Apart from obviously amusing the director himself, it is about as entertaining as a high heel in the back.’
  • 54) ‘Is it some sort of enjoyable moviegoing experience that is here to amuse you?’
  • 55) ‘‘I'll spend two or three hours filming and editing whatever amuses me that day,’ he says.’
  • 56) ‘There are plenty of high ropes activities in the trees to amuse you here.’
  • 57) ‘Children were kept amused by entertainers Crystal and Dandelion who did face painting and put on a music show.’
  • 58) ‘There will also be a circus entertainer on hand to amuse the youngsters.’
  • 59) ‘To read it is like spending hours with an erudite conversationalist who is disposed to amuse you.’
  • 60) ‘There I stayed in the union bar for a few hours amusing myself with a few friends playing table football.’


  • 1) ‘In cities such as Prague, expatriates were glued to televisions in bars, bemused locals looking on.’
  • 2) ‘He is still bemused by the enigmatic arrival and departure of his illness.’
  • 3) ‘Morris was contacted, and became increasingly bemused by the investigation.’
  • 4) ‘As bemused commuters hurried by, small chanting groups poured out from the early morning bars.’
  • 5) ‘He seems bemused by his new surroundings goats, geese, Shetland ponies and a variety of other animals.’
  • 6) ‘Players who bemuse the opposition are exciting but those who confuse themselves as well can be simply glorious.’
  • 7) ‘He is a decent sort, bemused by the essential strangeness of life, with more questions than answers.’
  • 8) ‘Then, before my hungry and bemused family could answer, he turned and vanished into the swirl of tables.’
  • 9) ‘Shoppers in Swindon were bemused to see snorkellers in the town centre.’
  • 10) ‘This movie is more of a camp festival of excesses, where tone and temperament are identified and altered to confuse and bemuse the audience.’
  • 11) ‘He took the offered hand and shook it firmly, bemused by the looks Mrs. Davis was giving him.’
  • 12) ‘I'm bemused by the continual croaking and moaning that goes on about budgets.’
  • 13) ‘Passion, Sondheim's most operatic work, continues to baffle the ear and bemuse the mind.’
  • 14) ‘I was bemused to hear two men in conversation while they were rummaging through shop bargains.’
  • 15) ‘Firefighters were bemused to wake up and find a large brown and white horse tethered by a rope to their station.’
  • 16) ‘He looked utterly bemused by the question, shook his head and smiled broadly.’
  • 17) ‘After the show I ask him what he thought of the proceedings, and he says he was bemused by most of the criticism.’
  • 18) ‘You wondered for a moment who was most bemused by this monumental and possibly decisive swing of the pendulum.’
  • 19) ‘When the first Icehotel in the world opened, some people were a little bemused by exactly what it was.’
  • 20) ‘It bemuses me that I need a face-to-face situation in order to be able to construct my own argument without feeling overwhelmed.’

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