amuse

If you enjoy making people laugh, you like to amuse them, which is a good trait to have as long as you don't amuse people during a math test or other solemn occasion.

The verb amuse also means to keep busy in a pleasant way. You might amuse yourself during a long driving trip by playing the alphabet game, where you try to find all the letters from A to Z on roadside signs. If you are a passenger on a plane, you could amuse yourself with a movie on your computer. Just don't get them mixed up and try to watch a movie when you are driving.

Definitions of amuse
  1. verb
    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
    “The play amused the ladies”
    synonyms: disport, divert, regale
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    type of:
    entertain
    provide entertainment for
  2. verb
    make (somebody) laugh
    “The clown amused the children”
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    types:
    convulse
    make someone convulse with laughter
    type of:
    cheer, cheer up, jolly along, jolly up
    cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
Commonly confused words

amuse / bemuse

People often use the word bemuse when they mean amuse, but to amuse is to entertain, and to bemuse is to confuse. In Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit amuses Alice as he frolics, but then the Cheshire Cat bemuses her when he tells her to go two directions at once.

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