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amuse (someone or something) with

To entertain or distract with something. Try to amuse the dog with his ball—anything to get him to stop barking! Whenever we go to a restaurant, I bring along a few toys to amuse our young daughter with.
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keep (one) amused

To entertain or distract someone (with something). Whenever we go to a restaurant, I bring along a few toys to keep our daughters amused. The waiters here make a point of keeping their customers amused with jokes and even little magic tricks while they eat.
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amuse someone with something

to entertain or interest someone with something. Try to amuse the child with this little toy. She was able to amuse herself with the puzzle for a while.
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keep somebody aˈmused

give somebody interesting things to do, or entertain them so that they do not become bored: Playing with water can keep children amused for hours.
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References in classic literature ?
Such humble talents as God has given me I will endeavour to put to their greatest use; if I am able to amuse, I will try to benefit too; and when I feel it my duty to speak an unpalatable truth, with the help of God, I WILL speak it, though it be to the prejudice of my name and to the detriment of my reader's immediate pleasure as well as my own.
Now please take the big chair and let me do something to amuse my company.
A SAILOR, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse him while on shipboard.
Here, the director revisits some of his favourite themes but, familiarity aside, it amuses and entertains.
Explain to them that a joke is only funny if it amuses those who hear it, not offends them.
A great codicil to his movie Super Size Me, Spurlock's book teaches and amuses the reader while warning about the dangers of fast food.