Entertain meaning

ĕntər-tān
To hold the interest of and give pleasure to; divert; amuse.
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Entertain is defined as to make hold the attention of someone and give them fun, to have someone over as a guest, or to think about something.

An example of entertain is a clown making balloon animals at a child's birthday party.

An example of entertain is having friends over for a dinner party at your house.

An example of entertain is a student deciding which colleges to apply to.

verb
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To extend hospitality toward.

Entertain friends at dinner.

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To keep up; maintain.
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To hold the attention of (someone) with something amusing or diverting.
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To give hospitality to guests.
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To give admittance to; receive.
verb
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To show hospitality to guests.
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To provide entertainment.
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To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.

To entertain friends with lively conversation.

The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.

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To give hospitality to; have as a guest.
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To allow oneself to think about; have in mind; consider.

To entertain an idea.

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(intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.

They enjoy entertaining a lot.

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To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.

The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.

To entertain a proposal.

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(obsolete) Entertainment; pleasure.
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(obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.
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To employ; hire.
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To continue with; maintain.
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Origin of entertain

  • Middle English entertinen to maintain from Old French entretenir from Medieval Latin intertenēre Latin inter among inter– Latin tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French entretenir, from entre (“among”) + tenir (“to hold”), from Latin inter + teneō (“hold, keep”). For the noun, compare French entretien.

    From Wiktionary