- to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
- to show hospitality to (guests)
- (transitive) to hold in the mind: to entertain an idea
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en•ter•tain /ˌɛntɚˈteɪn/USA pronunciation v.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly or agreeably;
divert: [~ + object]The film entertained us most of the afternoon.[no object]computer games that entertain as well as educate.
- to show hospitality to: [~ + object]entertaining my parents for the weekend.[no object]We entertain on weekends.
- to admit into or hold in the mind;
consider:[~ + object]to entertain an idea.
en•ter•tain (en′tər tān′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably;
- to have as a guest;
provide food, lodging, etc., for;
show hospitality to.
- to admit into the mind;
consider:He never entertained such ideas.
- to hold in the mind;
cherish:They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge.
- [Archaic.]to maintain or keep up.
- [Obs.]to give admittance or reception to;
- to exercise hospitality;
provide entertainment for guests:They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.
- Middle French entretenir
Vulgar Latin *intertenēre, equivalent. to Latin inter- inter- + tenēre to hold
- late Middle English entertenen to hold mutually 1425–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged beguile, regale. See amuse.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bore.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reject.
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entertain /ˌɛntəˈteɪn/ vb
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