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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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Keevak ends his book with a rather amusing epilogue, "Shakespeare in Love: An Idiot's Guide," which considers Shakespeare's sexuality as it is depicted in the 2000 movie and Renaissance sexuality as represented in Cliff Notes and other study guides.
Here again, the arrangement was at first rather amusing.
In EdTV--a quirky but energetic film in which Matthew McConaughey is the lottery-winning star of a cable channel dedicated to tracking all the details of his personal and romantic antics--we have an amusing version of MTV's Real World.
The Backyard Kids: Young sports fans everywhere are drawn to Humongous Entertainment's fun and amusing Backyard Sports series that brings together 30 of the zaniest Backyard kids around.
Even those young children sadly unfamiliar with the original tale will be able to take great pleasure from this bright, clever combination of artwork and telling, the latter including occasional touches of amusing verse.
There was nothing amusing about the miners and their families suffering hardship and eventual loss of their livelihoods here in Coventry and beyond.
The engaging text combines amusing wordplay with lots of rhythm and a little rhyme, while the illustrations entice the reader to enjoy the action while observing the whereabouts of everyone (particularly the escaping mouse) as time ticks by on the bedside clock.
I ALWAYS found it created an amusing picture in my mind when I saw the Dewsbury bus company poster which advised you to TRAVEL BY HEAPS.
AMUSING as it was to hear Councillor Martin Mullaney making a laughing stock of himself on national radio news programmes as he tried to defend the council's absurd policy of dropping all possessive apostrophes from place name signage in the city ('Confusion over road signs', January 29), it was rather less amusing to remember that he was also making a national laughing stock of our city.
1 : the amusing quality of something <She couldn't see the humor of the situation.
After I have three or four drinks, I can approach women and be witty and amusing.
You'd think that when he was offered a role in DreamWorks' amusing animated feature ``Over the Hedge'' that it wouldn't be as a possum.
It is pretty amusing to see hunky Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit being rejected by sweet Amy Smart.
Mr Bachelor may consider this amusing, but then it is not so long ago it was thought amusing to make jokes about the colour of a person's skin, mental condition or disability.
It was also good to see again his study in molded dynamics, Union, dressed and in some instances undressed by Donna Karan, and to welcome back as guest artist Daniel Ezralow, who joined Parsons in the famous and touchingly amusing Stravinsky duet they co-choreographed seventeen years ago, Brothers.