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en·ter·tain

 (ĕn′tər-tān′)
v. en·ter·tained, en·ter·tain·ing, en·ter·tains
v.tr.
1. To hold the attention of (someone) with something amusing or diverting. See Synonyms at amuse.
2. To extend hospitality toward: entertain friends at dinner.
3.
a. To consider; contemplate: entertain an idea.
b. To hold in mind; harbor: entertained few illusions.
4. Archaic To continue with; maintain.
5. Obsolete To employ; hire.
6. Obsolete To give admittance to; receive.
v.intr.
1. To show hospitality to guests.
2. To provide entertainment.

[Middle English entertinen, to maintain, from Old French entretenir, from Medieval Latin intertenēre : Latin inter, among; see inter- + Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

en′ter·tain′er n.

entertain

(ˌɛntəˈteɪn)
vb
1. to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
2. to show hospitality to (guests)
3. (tr) to hold in the mind: to entertain an idea.
[C15: from Old French entretenir, from entre- mutually + tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre]

en•ter•tain

(ˌɛn tərˈteɪn)

v.t.
1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
2. to have as a guest; show hospitality to.
3. to admit into the mind; consider: I never entertained such an idea.
4. to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish: to entertain thoughts of revenge.
5. Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
6. Obs. to receive.
v.i.
7. to exercise hospitality; provide entertainment for guests.
[1425–75; late Middle English: to hold mutually < Middle French entretenir « Vulgar Latin *intertenēre= Latin inter- inter- + tenēre to hold]
syn: See amuse.

entertain


Past participle: entertained
Gerund: entertaining

Imperative
entertain
entertain
Present
I entertain
you entertain
he/she/it entertains
we entertain
you entertain
they entertain
Preterite
I entertained
you entertained
he/she/it entertained
we entertained
you entertained
they entertained
Present Continuous
I am entertaining
you are entertaining
he/she/it is entertaining
we are entertaining
you are entertaining
they are entertaining
Present Perfect
I have entertained
you have entertained
he/she/it has entertained
we have entertained
you have entertained
they have entertained
Past Continuous
I was entertaining
you were entertaining
he/she/it was entertaining
we were entertaining
you were entertaining
they were entertaining
Past Perfect
I had entertained
you had entertained
he/she/it had entertained
we had entertained
you had entertained
they had entertained
Future
I will entertain
you will entertain
he/she/it will entertain
we will entertain
you will entertain
they will entertain
Future Perfect
I will have entertained
you will have entertained
he/she/it will have entertained
we will have entertained
you will have entertained
they will have entertained
Future Continuous
I will be entertaining
you will be entertaining
he/she/it will be entertaining
we will be entertaining
you will be entertaining
they will be entertaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been entertaining
you have been entertaining
he/she/it has been entertaining
we have been entertaining
you have been entertaining
they have been entertaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been entertaining
you will have been entertaining
he/she/it will have been entertaining
we will have been entertaining
you will have been entertaining
they will have been entertaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been entertaining
you had been entertaining
he/she/it had been entertaining
we had been entertaining
you had been entertaining
they had been entertaining
Conditional
I would entertain
you would entertain
he/she/it would entertain
we would entertain
you would entertain
they would entertain
Past Conditional
I would have entertained
you would have entertained
he/she/it would have entertained
we would have entertained
you would have entertained
they would have entertained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.entertain - provide entertainment for
host - be the host of or for; "We hosted 4 couples last night"
socialise, socialize - take part in social activities; interact with others; "He never socializes with his colleagues"; "The old man hates to socialize"
amuse, disport, divert - occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion; "The play amused the ladies"
2.entertain - take into consideration, have in viewentertain - take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"
contemplate - consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
3.entertain - maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"

entertain

verb
1. amuse, interest, please, delight, occupy, charm, enthral, cheer, divert, recreate (rare), regale, give pleasure to, NtRtain (S.M.S.) He entertained us with anecdotes about his job.
2. show hospitality to, receive, accommodate, treat, put up, lodge, be host to, have company of, invite round, ask round, invite to a meal, ask for a meal, NtRtain (S.M.S.) I don't really like to entertain guests any more.
3. consider, support, maintain, imagine, think about, hold, foster, harbour, contemplate, conceive of, ponder, cherish, bear in mind, keep in mind, think over, muse over, give thought to, cogitate on, allow yourself to consider, NtRtain (S.M.S.) I wouldn't entertain the idea of doing such a job.

entertain

verb
1. To occupy in an agreeable or pleasing way:
2. To receive (an idea) and take it into consideration:
3. To think or think about carefully and at length:
Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain.
Translations
يَتَلَهّى ، يَحْمِلُ فِكْرَهيَسْتَضيفيُسَلِّييُسَلّي، يُلْهي
bavit
underholdebeværteinviteremorenære
lõbustama
viihdyttää
zabavljati
foglalkozikvendégül lát
ala í brjóstiskemmtataka á móti gestum
楽しませる
대접하다
divertismentasestrados artistaslinksminimaspasikviesti svečiųpasilinksminimas
kavētlolotuzņemt, pacienāt
gostitizabavati
underhålla
ทำให้เพลิดเพลิน
eğlendirmekgönlünde yaşatmakmisafir etmekağırlamakbeslemk
giải trí

entertain

[ˌentəˈteɪn]
A. VT
1. (= amuse) [+ audience] → divertir, entretener
2. (= offer hospitality to) [+ guest] → recibir
to entertain sb to dinner (frm) → invitar a algn a cenar
3. (= consider) [+ idea, hope] → abrigar; [+ proposal] → tomar en consideración; [+ doubts] → albergar
I wouldn't entertain it for a momentjamás se me ocurriría tal cosa
B. VI
1. (= amuse) [book, film, performer] → entretener
2. (= have visitors) → recibir visitas
they entertain a good dealreciben muchos invitados

entertain

[ˌɛntərˈteɪn]
vt
(= provide amusement for) [+ person] → amuser, divertir
(= invite) [+ guest] → recevoir
to entertain sb to dinner → recevoir qn à dîner
[+ idea, plan] → envisager; [+ doubts] → nourrir
virecevoir

entertain

vt
(= offer hospitality to)einladen; (to meal) → bewirten; to entertain somebody to dinnerjdn zum Essen einladen
(= amuse)unterhalten; (humorously, with jokes) → belustigen
thought, intentionsich tragen mit; suspicion, doubthegen; hopenähren; suggestion, proposal, offer, possibilityin Erwägung ziehen
vi
(= have visitors)Gäste haben
(comedian, conjurer etc)unterhalten

entertain

[ˌɛntəˈteɪn]
1. vt
a. (audience) → divertire; (guest) → intrattenere, ricevere
to entertain sb to dinner → invitare qn a cena
b. (consider, idea, proposal, plan) → prendere in considerazione; (hopes, doubts) → nutrire
2. vi (have visitors) → avere ospiti

entertain

(entəˈtein) verb
1. to receive, and give food etc to (guests). They entertained us to dinner.
2. to amuse. His stories entertained us for hours.
3. to hold in the mind. He entertained the hope that he would one day be Prime Minister.
enterˈtainer noun
one who gives amusing performances professionally.
ˌenterˈtaining adjective
amusing. entertaining stories.
ˌenterˈtainment noun
1. something that entertains, eg a theatrical show etc.
2. the act of entertaining.
3. amusement; interest. There is no lack of entertainment in the city at night.

entertain

يُسَلِّي bavit underholde unterhalten ψυχαγωγώ entretener viihdyttää amuser zabavljati divertire 楽しませる 대접하다 amuseren underholde zabawić entreter развлекать underhålla ทำให้เพลิดเพลิน eğlendirmek giải trí 娱乐
References in classic literature ?
They shopped, walked, rode, and called all day, went to theaters and operas or frolicked at home in the evening, for Annie had many friends and knew how to entertain them.
When we got up to go, Peter looked about in perplexity for something that would entertain us.
In passing his gentler companions Heyward uttered a few words of encouragement, and was pleased to find that, though fatigued with the exercise of the day, they appeared to entertain no suspicion that their present embarrassment was other than the result of accident.
Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able,--to dress and entertain, and other things.
Of course, Phoebe was far too sensible a girl to entertain this idea in any other way than as matter for a smile.
In view of my previous weariness of office, and vague thoughts of resignation, my fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and although beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.
It suited me, too, I felt, only too well; by which I mean that it suited exactly the particularly deadly view I was in the very act of forbidding myself to entertain.
There was no place to entertain company except in the kitchen, in the midst of the family, and Tamoszius would sit there with his hat between his knees, never saying more than half a dozen words at a time, and turning red in the face before he managed to say those; until finally Jurgis would clap him upon the back, in his hearty way, crying, "Come now, brother, give us a tune.
How can a man be satisfied to entertain and opinion merely, and enjoy it?
Do ye dream that one of his estate is like to have the honor twice in his life to entertain company such as we have brought to grace his house withal?
The road was smooth; it led up and over and down a continual succession of hills; but it was narrow, the horses were used to it, and could not well get out of it anyhow; so why shouldn't the drivers entertain themselves and us?
Judge Driscoll's election labors had prostrated him, but it was said that as soon as he was well enough to entertain a challenge he would get one from Count Luigi.