muse

As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.

In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist's inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor inspired a movie. Writers, painters, musicians, and other artists have muses. Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you're giving it serious thought. You can't muse in five seconds. People muse on certain ideas for years.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: muse

1
v
reflect deeply on a subject
2
n
the source of an artist's inspiration
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: muse
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v reflect deeply on a subject

Synonyms:
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
Types:
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premeditate
think or reflect beforehand or in advance
theologise, theologize
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
introspect
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
bethink
consider or ponder something carefully
cogitate
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
puzzle
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
consider, study
give careful consideration to
factor, factor in, factor out
consider as relevant when making a decision
compare, equate, liken
consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
scruple
have doubts about
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
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n the source of an artist's inspiration

“Euterpe was his muse
Type of:
germ, seed, source
anything that provides inspiration for later work
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