V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to cause to be puzzled, confused, or bewildered; 2. to cause to ponder, be preoccupied, or be deep in thought

Synonyms: puzzle, confuse, bewilder, absorb, preoccupy, engross, perplex, stupefy

Antonyms: illuminate, enlighten

Tips: Bemuse is often seen in its adjective form, bemused, which means "bewildered or lost in thought." Think, "a cross between bewildered and confused is bemused."

Usage Examples:

Crossword puzzles can bemuse him for hours, causing him to forget nearly everything else. (absorb, preoccupy)

The girl tried to explain her complex reasons for being upset with the boy, but he seemed utterly bemused by everything she said. (confused, puzzled, bewildered)

Her bemused smile indicated that she didnít fully understand my point. (puzzled, confused) adjective

You bemuse me with your strange habits and idiosyncrasies. (bewilder, stupefy)

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