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

v occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

“The play amused the ladies”
Synonyms:
disport, divert
Type of:
entertain
provide entertainment for

v make (somebody) laugh

“The clown amused the children”
Types:
convulse
make someone convulse with laughter
Type of:
cheer, cheer up, jolly along, jolly up
cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful

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