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"
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
Origin: [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
Examples of entertain in a Sentence
The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.
Do not entertain the fool unless you want the joke to be on you..
It is more expensive than I anticipated to entertain a 13-year-old.
His ultimate intention was to entertain audiences in a wholesome way.
My principal job was to entertain my five kids and my Disneyphile of a wife.
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- приемам гости, забавлявамBulgarian
- distreure, divertir, entretenirCatalan, Valencian
- entretener, divertirSpanish
- recevoir, divertirFrench
- בידר, ארחHebrew
- 楽しませる, 歓待する, もてなすJapanese
- remittor, oblecto, remitto meLatin
- vermaken, ontvangen, amuserenDutch
- entreter, divertirPortuguese
- развлекать, развлечь, развлечься, развлекатьсяRussian
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