What does entertain mean?

Definitions for entertainˌɛn tərˈteɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word entertain.

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"


  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)


  10. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kin Hubbard:

    The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.

  2. Gomez Fernandez:

    His ultimate intention was to entertain audiences in a wholesome way.

  3. Neil Meron:

    We want to entertain, and there's no better entertainment than to do it with music.

  4. Francis Bacon:

    Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

  5. Sir Francis Bacon:

    Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

Images & Illustrations of entertain

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