Definitions for entertainˌɛn tərˈteɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
to have as a guest; show hospitality to.
to admit into the mind; consider:
I never entertained such an idea.
to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish:
to entertain thoughts of revenge.
Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
Obs. to receive.
(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
provide entertainment for
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"
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
to do sth people enjoy watching
shows that entertain rather than educate; a singer who always entertains his audience
to provide guests with food and drinks
How to entertain with style.; She's entertaining clients tonight.
To amuse (someone); .
The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
They enjoy entertaining a lot.
To have a thought in mind.
The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
Origin: From entretenir, from entre + tenir, from inter + teneo. For the noun, compare entretien.
to be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep
to give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest
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
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
to meet or encounter, as an enemy
to keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments
to lead on; to bring along; to introduce
to receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'entertain' in Verbs Frequency: #913
Translations for entertain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to receive, and give food etc to (guests)
They entertained us to dinner.
- يَسْتَضيف (على الغَداء)Arabic
- receberPortuguese (BR)
- invitere; beværteDanish
- φιλοξενώ, δεξιώνομαιGreek
- پذیرایی کردنFarsi
- सत्कार करनाHindi
- vendégül látHungarian
- takaá móti gestumIcelandic
- pasikviesti svečių, priimti, vaišintiLithuanian
- uzņemt, pacienāt (viesus)Latvian
- ta imot/ha som gjestNorwegian
- پذیرایی کردنPersian
- ميلمه كول، بلل: فكرته را وستل، په فكر كې ګرځول، زړه كې ګرځول: خو شالول، سات ور تېرولPashto
- a primiRomanian
- принимать (гостей)Russian
- ha ngn som gäst, bjudaSwedish
- ağırlamak, misafir etmekTurkish
- 招待Chinese (Trad.)
- خاطر تواضع کرناUrdu
- tiếp đãiVietnamese
- 招待Chinese (Simp.)
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