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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 one in some manner. Whenever we go to a restaurant, I bring along a few toys to keep our daughters amused. The waiters here keep the diners 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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The la ughter of all the children you have amused over the years is music to my son's ears and you are much loved by many.
While federal programs such as this make for lively radio copy, the taxpayers are hardly amused.
Unfortunately, their very strait- laced teachers aren't amused when they repeat them in class.
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Dubbed video clips showing Adolf Hitler in various forms of action on YouTube are said to have both shocked and amused the website's viewers.
TRAVELLING by train as often as I do, I amused to my eardrums being assailed by other peoples' ringtones but the situation is getting out of hand.
If ever a person was wrongly typecast by one quotation it has to be Queen Victoria with that remark about not being amused.
I READ with astonishment of the apparent demands of the G8 wives to be kept amused during their husbands' deliberation of great matters.
Royal Quays shopping outlet, in North Shields, has scheduled an eggs-citing entertainment schedule to keep your little ones amused this Easter, while you sneak in a bit of retail therapy.
The smiling Queen was clearly amused as she watched the invasion from a window at Windsor Castle.
THE Queen has declared she is not amused by a mock-up picture of herself browsing a sex manual to advertise the racy underwear chain Ann Summers.
Teresa de Lauretis would not be amused by Donovan Leitch (she's not amused by much), certainly not by that remark coming from anyone like him.
When asked about the view of some MPs that party members should not be allowed to choose another leader, he said, 'I'm rather amused because I seem to recall it was MPs that selected Mrs Thatcher and promptly stabbed her to death.