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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 ?
Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
So that the greatest advantage I derived from the study consisted in this, that, observing many things which, however extravagant and ridiculous to our apprehension, are yet by common consent received and approved by other great nations, I learned to entertain too decided a belief in regard to nothing of the truth of which I had been persuaded merely by example and custom; and thus I gradually extricated myself from many errors powerful enough to darken our natural intelligence, and incapacitate us in great measure from listening to reason.
But that Woodman and that Farmer, though they work unceasingly, work silently, and no one heard them as they went about with muffled tread: the rather, forasmuch as to entertain any suspicion that they were awake, was to be atheistical and traitorous.
There are few men who would not feel much less zeal in the discharge of a duty when they were conscious that the advantages of the station with which it was connected must be relinquished at a determinate period, than when they were permitted to entertain a hope of obtaining, by meriting, a continuance of them.
As to the second supposed advantage, there is still greater reason to entertain doubts concerning it.
Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained--namely, that each species has been independently created--is erroneous.
consider that a few weeks will at once put an end to every flattering Hope that you may now entertain, by uniting the unfortunate Victim of her father's Cruelty to the execrable and detested Graham.
Count," said Villefort, "we will not entertain you any longer with our family misfortunes.
The emperor had a mind one day to entertain me with several of the country shows, wherein they exceed all nations I have known, both for dexterity and magnificence.
When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
But with Wingrave's yacht to entertain on, we must do something for a few of the people.
Why does he lend us his yacht to entertain our friends?