Definitions for entertain
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word entertain.
provide entertainment for
entertain, think of, toy with, flirt with, think aboutverb
take into consideration, have in view
"He entertained the notion of moving to South America"
harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurseverb
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
"bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
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.
Etymology: From entretenir, from entre + tenir, from inter + teneo. For the noun, compare entretien.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: entretenir, French.
His head was so well stored a magazine, that nothing could be proposed which he was not readily furnished to entertain any one in. John Locke.
You shall find an apartment fitted up for you, and shall be every day entertained with beef or mutton of my own feeding. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 549.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Heb. iii. 2.
Heav’n, set ope thy everlasting gates,
To entertain my vows of thanks and praise. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.
How many men would you require to the furnishing of this which you take in hand? And how long space would you have them entertained? Edmund Spenser, Ireland.
You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only, I do not like the fashion of your garments. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
I’ll weep and sigh,
And, leaving so his service, follow you,
So please you entertain me. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
This is the severest purpose God can entertain towards us. Decay of Piety.
David entertained himself with the meditations of God’s law, not his hidden decrees or counsels. Decay of Piety.
The history of the Royal Society shews how well philosophy becometh a narration: the progress of knowledge is as entertaining as that of arms. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.
They were capable of entertaining themselves on a thousand different subjects, without running into the common topicks. Joseph Addison, on Ancient Medals.
In gardens, art can only reduce the beauties of nature to a figure which the common eye may better take in, and is therefore more entertained with. Alexander Pope, Iliads. Pref. to the.
Reason can never permit the mind to entertain probability, in opposition to knowledge and certainty. John Locke.
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
Etymology: [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
Rank popularity for the word 'entertain' in Verbs Frequency: #913
The numerical value of entertain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of entertain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
It is impossible for those who are engaged in low and grovelling pursuits to entertain noble and generous sentiments. Their thoughts must always necessarily be somewhat similar to their employments.
But as the number of incidents build, you'll find someone who will entertain a class action [lawsuit] dealing with a product defect.
It is more expensive than I anticipated to entertain a 13-year-old.
Put love first. Entertain thoughts that give life. And when a thought or resentment, or hurt, or fear comes your way, have another thought that is more powerful -- a thought that is love.
I would ask Sarah Palin to take a look at who Trump has said he might have as his VP. Scott Brown is absolutely unacceptable to the pro-life movement and should be unacceptable to her, she should not endorse a candidate that would entertain a pro-choice vice president. That's my view.
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- приемам гости, забавлявамBulgarian
- divertir, entretenir, distreureCatalan, Valencian
- entretener, divertirSpanish
- divertir, recevoirFrench
- בידר, ארחHebrew
- 楽しませる, 歓待する, もてなすJapanese
- remitto me, remittor, oblectoLatin
- ontvangen, amuseren, vermakenDutch
- divertir, entreterPortuguese
- развлечься, развлечь, развлекать, развлекатьсяRussian
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