Definitions for entertainˌɛn tərˈteɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•ter•tain*ˌɛn tərˈteɪn(v.t.)

  1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.

  2. to have as a guest; show hospitality to.

  3. to admit into the mind; consider:

    I never entertained such an idea.

  4. to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish:

    to entertain thoughts of revenge.

  5. Archaic. to maintain or keep up.

  6. Obs. to receive.

  7. (v.i.)to exercise hospitality; provide entertainment for guests.

* Syn: See amuse.

Origin of entertain:

1425–75; late ME: to hold mutually < MF entretenir蠐 VL *intertenēre= L inter-inter - +tenēre to hold

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entertain(verb)

    provide entertainment for

  2. entertain, think of, toy with, flirt with, think about(verb)

    take into consideration, have in view

    "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"

  3. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. entertain(verb)ˌɛn tərˈteɪn

    to do sth people enjoy watching

    shows that entertain rather than educate; a singer who always entertains his audience

  2. entertainˌɛn tərˈteɪn

    to provide guests with food and drinks

    How to entertain with style.; She's entertaining clients tonight.


  1. entertain(Verb)

    To amuse (someone); .

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

  2. entertain(Verb)

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

    They enjoy entertaining a lot.

  3. entertain(Verb)

    To have a thought in mind.

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

  4. Origin: From entretenir, from entre + tenir, from inter + teneo. For the noun, compare entretien.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entertain(verb)

    to be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep

  2. Entertain(verb)

    to give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest

  3. Entertain(verb)

    to engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc

  4. Entertain(verb)

    to give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal

  5. Entertain(verb)

    to meet or encounter, as an enemy

  6. Entertain(verb)

    to keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments

  7. Entertain(verb)

    to lead on; to bring along; to introduce

  8. Entertain(verb)

    to receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously

  9. Entertain(noun)


British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entertain' in Verbs Frequency: #913

Anagrams of entertain

  1. Tarentine

Translations for entertain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to receive, and give food etc to (guests)

They entertained us to dinner.

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