Amusement is a feeling of being entertained and happy. Just think about how you feel when you visit an amusement park, and you will get the idea.

When something amuses you, it makes you laugh, holds your attention, entertains you, or all three. An amusement is an activity that produces that type of feeling. Watching a basketball game and flying a kite are amusements. Also, doing something fun fills you with the emotion of amusement. To amuse is to entertain, and when you add the suffix -ment to the end of the verb, you get the noun or the feeling you gain from being amused.

Definitions of amusement

n an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention

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beguilement, distraction
an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
entertainment that is intended to be educational
any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
night life, nightlife
the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
carnival, fair, funfair
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
dog show
a competitive exhibition of dogs
a competitive exhibition of horses
a street show
a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
cabaret, floor show, floorshow
a series of acts at a night club
ice show
any entertainment performed by ice skaters
entr'acte, interlude, intermezzo
a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
display, exhibit, showing
something shown to the public
demonstration, presentation, presentment
a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
a show of military force or preparedness
road show
a show on tour
a minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus)
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Wild West Show
a spectacular show organized in 1883 by William F. Cody that featured horseback riding and marksmanship on a large scale; toured the United States and Europe
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diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

n a feeling of delight at being entertained

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delectation, delight
a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

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