amusement


amusement
a|muse|ment [əˈmju:zmənt] n
1.) [U]
the feeling you have when you think something is funny
with/in amusement
Her eyes sparkled with amusement.
She looked at him in amusement.
Steve couldn't hide his amusement.
to sb's amusement
(=in a way that makes someone laugh or smile)
They were dancing and singing in the car, much to the amusement of passers-by.
The cats are a constant source of amusement to us.
2.) amusements [plural]
a) things that entertain you and make time pass in an enjoyable way
childhood amusements
b) BrE special machines or games that are intended to entertain people, for example at a ↑fair
The kids can ride on the amusements.
3.) [U]
the process of getting or providing pleasure and enjoyment
What do you do for amusement in this town?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • amusement — [ amyzmɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1500; de amuser 1 ♦ Vx Perte de temps; manière d amuser, de tromper. ⇒ diversion, leurre, tromperie. L espérance « n est qu un amusement inutile » (Bossuet). 2 ♦ (XVIIe) Action de distraire, ou de se distraire agréablement. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Amusement — is the state of experiencing humorous and usually entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure. Amusement may also be experienced through the recollection of events which have given rise to …   Wikipedia

  • amusement — AMUSEMENT. s. m. Ce qui amuse, ou qui sert à amuser. Doux amusement. Amusement innocent. Son luth fait son amusement. C est son amusement. Agréable amusement.Amusement, signifie aussi Tromperie, promesses trompeuses. Tout ce que vous me dites là …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • amusement — Amusement. s. m. v. Ce qui amuse, ou qui sert à amuser. Vain amusement. sot amusement. son chien luy sert d amusement. c est mon amusement. agreable amusement …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • amusement — (n.) c.1600, diversion of attention, especially in military actions, from Fr. amusement, noun of action from amuser (see AMUSE (Cf. amuse)). And because all bold and irreverent Speeches touching matters of high nature, and all malicious and false …   Etymology dictionary

  • Amusement — A*muse ment, n. [Cf. F. amusement.] 1. Deep thought; muse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Here I . . . fell into a strong and deep amusement, revolving in my mind, with great perplexity, the amazing change of our affairs. Fleetwood. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Amüsement — Amüsement,das:⇨Belustigung(1) Amüsement→Kurzweil …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • amusement — [n1] entertaining, making someone laugh action, ball*, beguilement, cheer, delight, diversion, enjoyment, entertainment, field day*, fun, fun and games*, gladdening, gratification, grins*, high time*, hilarity, hoopla*, laughs*, laughter,… …   New thesaurus

  • amusement — index enjoyment (pleasure), treat Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • amusement — diversion, entertainment, recreation (see under AMUSE vb) Analogous words: engrossment, absorption (see corresponding verbs at MONOPOLIZE): play, sport, *fun, jest: disporting, frolicking, rollicking, romping (see PLAY vb): jollity, *mirth… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amusement — Amusement, neut. acut. Animi occupatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse


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