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

reflect deeply on a subject
the source of an artist's inspiration
Full Definitions of muse

v reflect deeply on a subject

chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
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think or reflect beforehand or in advance
theologise, theologize
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
consider or ponder something carefully
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
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
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

n the source of an artist's inspiration

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