Can the word "humor" be used in the sense of "to entertain"? Dictionaries use the word " to please" as synonym.

For example:

Does the first following sentence have the same meaning the second one?

I like to watch movies that humor me.

I like to watch movies that entertain me/ make me laugh.

  • A common phrase is "Don't humor me" when you want someone to be serious.
    – user3169
    Dec 7, 2017 at 5:48

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No. When used as a verb, humor means to indulge someone or put up with them. From Merriam-Webster:

To soothe or content (someone) by indulgence : to comply with the temperament or inclinations of

The only way to get along with him is to humor him.

I know you don't agree, but just humor me.
  • Therefore, can we say the first sentence does not make a sense much?
    – Mrt
    Dec 7, 2017 at 1:23
  • No, it doesn't make that much sense, but I would understand that you had meant to say "I like to watch movies that are humorous" or "I like to watch movies that are full of humor."
    – Nick
    Dec 7, 2017 at 1:26
  • If you tried to apply the word's legitimate usage to the first sentence, you might come up with an idea like, "I like movies that cater to my viewpoint, even when I suspect the movie makers don't really agree with me." But as Nicholas said, you'd probably just guess at a different meaning instead. Dec 7, 2017 at 1:30

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