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 for amuse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amuse \A*muse"\, v. i.
     To muse; to mediate. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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              Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in
              receiving their gold.                 --Holland.
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              Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could
              not find the house.                   --Fuller.
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     2. To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with
        pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.
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              A group of children amusing themselves with pushing
              stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as
              they plunged into the lake.           --Gilpin.
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     3. To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
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              He amused his followers with idle promises.
                                                    --Johnson.
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     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.
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                  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.                          --Crabb.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  amuse
      v 1: occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion;
           "The play amused the ladies" [syn: amuse, divert,
           disport]
      2: make (somebody) laugh; "The clown amused the children"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "amuse":
     absorb, animate, beguile, charm, cheer, convulse, delight,
     distract, divert, enchant, engross, enliven, entertain, exhilarate,
     fascinate, fleet, fracture one, interest, kill, knock dead,
     loosen up, occupy, please, quicken, raise a laugh, raise a smile,
     recreate, refresh, regale, relax, slay, solace, tickle, titillate,
     while, wile, wow
  
  

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