Pronunciation: (u-myOOz'),[key] —v.t.,a•mused, a•mus•ing. 1. to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly; entertain or divert in an enjoyable or cheerful manner: She amused the guests with witty conversation. 2. to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in: The comedian amused the audience with a steady stream of jokes. 3. to cause (time, leisure, etc.) to pass agreeably.
4. Archaic.to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
5. Obs. a. to engross; absorb.
b. to puzzle; distract.