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Definition of "bemuse" []

  • To cause to be bewildered; confuse. See Synonyms at daze. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be engrossed in thought. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bemuse" in a sentence
  • "All the other dictionaries and usage guides maintain that "bemuse" suggests a frown or furrowed brow, not a smile."
  • "What has happened to "bemuse" has happened to a lot of other words: A perfectly good English word that means one thing is co-opted by people who think it means something else."
  • ""It's a temporary ban, designed to confuse and bemuse him, and hopefully engender a violent reaction," Morgan says."