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Definition 1: the source of an artist's inspiration - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where muse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Euterpe was his muse

(muse is a kind of ...) anything that provides inspiration for later work

Definition 2: in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science - [noun denoting person]

(muse is a kind of ...) a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of singing and mime and sacred dance

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute)

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of lyric and love poetry

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of history

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry

(... is an instance of muse) (Greek mythology) the Muse of astronomy

Definition 3: reflect deeply on a subject - [verb of cognition]

Samples where muse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I mulled over the events of the afternoon
  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  • The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

Synonyms for muse in the sense of this definition

(muse is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(... is a kind of muse ) think or reflect beforehand or in advance

"I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"

(... is a kind of muse ) make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects

(... is a kind of muse ) reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings

(... is a kind of muse ) consider or ponder something carefully

"She bethought her of their predicament"

(... is a kind of muse ) consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind

(... is a kind of muse ) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do" "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

(... is a kind of muse ) be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

"We puzzled over her sudden departure"

(... is a kind of muse ) give careful consideration to

"consider the possibility of moving"

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