amusement

[[t]əmju͟ːzmənt[/t]]
amusements
1) N-UNCOUNT Amusement is the feeling that you have when you think that something is funny or amusing.

He stopped and watched with amusement to see the child so absorbed...

Steamers tooted at us as sailors on deck waved in amusement.

2) N-UNCOUNT Amusement is the pleasure that you get from being entertained or from doing something interesting.

I stumbled sideways before landing flat on my back, much to the amusement of the rest of the lads...

She excelled at impersonations, which provided great amusement for him and his friends.

Syn:
enjoyment, delight
3) N-COUNT: usu pl Amusements are ways of passing the time pleasantly.

People had very few amusements to choose from. There was no radio, or television.

Syn:
4) N-PLURAL Amusements are games, rides, and other things that you can enjoy, for example at a fairground or at the seaside.

...a place full of swings and amusements.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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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