What does entertain mean?

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ˌɛn tərˈteɪnen·ter·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entertainverb

    provide entertainment for

  2. entertain, think of, toy with, flirt with, think aboutverb

    take into consideration, have in view

    "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"

  3. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurseverb

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

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

Wiktionary

  1. entertainverb

    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. entertainverb

    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. entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    to meet or encounter, as an enemy

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

  6. Entertainverb

    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. Entertainverb

    to lead on; to bring along; to introduce

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

  8. Entertainverb

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

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

  9. Entertainnoun

    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.]

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  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. John McCrostie:

    Common sense and basic morality dictate that an elected representative should not entertain a relationship with a student intern, regardless of who initiated the relationship.

  2. Eduardo Rodriguez:

    I can't even entertain the possibility [of a head transplant] — it's a little too much science fiction right now.

  3. Bob Iger:

    We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney's storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China's incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come.

  4. 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.

  5. Pliny the Elder:

    Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?

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