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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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References in classic literature ?
Now please take the big chair and let me do something to amuse my company."
Here, the director revisits some of his favourite themes but, familiarity aside, it amuses and entertains.
If the idea of Austin Powers with a beard and a kaftan amuses you (it certainly does me), then this film is definitely for you.
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.
Without question, the wireless presenter who amuses me most, regularly bringing a smile to my lips, is - Sarah Kennedy.
The scandal of Happiness is that obscenity amuses. Watching Happiness, one laughs, and doesn't know why, and wonders if laughter is moral.