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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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With a cast of incredibly amusing, if not always charming characters, this book feels like a cross between a roller-coaster and a carousel.
Join Powell as she cooks her way through a classic Julia Child cookbook in this amusing, revelatory blog turned book.
I assume his lead-in comments, in which he accused the board examination of being "esoteric" and clinically irrelevant, were meant to be amusing as well.
but Ricky Gervais seems to be having trouble amusing his missus.
Award winning author and illustrator duo Hazel Hutchins and Ruth Ohi present The Sidewalk Rescue, an amusing picturebook about sidewalk chalk drawings, adventurous and imaginative tales.
I HAVE been nursing for 30 years and during that time in staff rooms, nurses' stations and on night shifts, I have laughed with many nurses about their experiences of living in nurses' homes; of equipment no longer used; of amusing interactions between patients and nurses.
His dancers portrayed characters with distinct personalities, which were convincing, amusing, and emotive in theatrical as well as dance terms.
I was rather amused to read my brother's letter to the editor in the January 1 News regarding his correction of the citation to Judge Kent's opinion in the November 15 article "Briefly: How not to write one." I found it even more amusing, and again ironic, that the editors misspelled the section of the letters to the editor: "Briefy: How not to write one." Once again, creating an unexpected error to a key part of the article/letter.
Members of Earsdon & Wellfield WI were entertained at their September meeting by Mrs Gillian Kenyon who gave an amusing talk on her life and travels.
I once received a publication that ran a column titled something like "A Proofreading Error as Big as a Barn," featuring amusing photos of errors on street signs, bill-boards, and so on.
In every chapter, certainly, many selections are richly provocative of laughter by their piercing insight and exposure of all sorts of moral and emotional discrepancies, by their witty expression and plays on language, and by their irony, which is not less amusing for being biting, satiric, or even sardonic.
There are amusing moments, such as the account of a tour of Italy, and the occasional memorable portrait such as that of a visit to his old friends, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, at the end of their vacuous lives.
An amusing aspect of the novel is Sam's insertion of our contemporary political attitudes into a time more than 100 years ago.
For the majority of people it is an amusing diversion from everyday life, but for Jennifer, the driving force behind the website, it has been a way of taking her mind off the state of her marriage.
In chapter one, after enumerating a thorough and thoroughly amusing list of "at least ten" controversies surrounding the Sonnets (26), Keevak considers the late eighteenth-century forgeries of William Henry Ireland in the context of a culture attempting to "recover" an "authentic" Shakespeare and troubled by the "evidence" that the Sonnets produce (27).