What does entertain mean?

Definitions for entertain
ˌɛn tərˈteɪnen·ter·tain

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. entertain(Verb)

    To amuse (someone); .

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

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

  2. entertain(Verb)

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

    They enjoy entertaining a lot.

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

  3. entertain(Verb)

    To have a thought in mind.

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  5. Entertain(verb)

    to meet or encounter, as an enemy

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  7. Entertain(verb)

    to lead on; to bring along; to introduce

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  8. Entertain(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

  9. Entertain(noun)

    entertainment

    Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entertain

    en-tėr-tān′, v.t. to receive and treat hospitably: to hold the attention of and amuse by conversation: to amuse: to receive and take into consideration: to keep or hold in the mind: to harbour.—n. Entertain′er.—p.adj. Entertain′ing, affording entertainment: amusing.—adv. Entertain′ingly.—n. Entertain′ment, act of entertaining: hospitality at table: that which entertains: the provisions of the table: a banquet: amusement: a performance which delights. [Fr. entretenir—L. inter, among, tenēre, to hold.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce entertain?

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How to say entertain in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entertain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entertain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of entertain in a Sentence

  1. Sanaa Lathan:

    We hope to entertain and get people's hearts and minds open to have more compassion and empathy for others, shots Fired.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Motivational or Inspirational quotes are essentially to enlighten minds by creating awareness than to entertain people by competing with one another as who can say better about Success & Happiness.

  3. Suzanne Perry:

    I was selling it in order to maintain my staff for a few more weeks until we can get through this and figure it out so I didn't entertain any of those low-ball offers.

  4. Brigham Young:

    Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?

  5. Finn Lanning:

    It is more expensive than I anticipated to entertain a 13-year-old.

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