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Definition of "entertain" []

  • To hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting. See Synonyms at amuse. (verb-transitive)
  • To extend hospitality toward: entertain friends at dinner. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider; contemplate: entertain an idea. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold in mind; harbor: entertained few illusions. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To continue with; maintain. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide amusement for (a person or audience) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To show hospitality to (guests) (verb)
  • To hold in the mind (verb)

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Use "entertain" in a sentence
  • "By and large, the only “something” that other countries might entertain is the capacity to shovel the S#!"
  • "Anyone who has to use profanity to make their point or to entertain is only revealing his or her own limitations. — ravenswing2"
  • "If there was ever of picture of a total stalemate, that it is, but the one thing the MSM does not want to entertain is any suggestion that the Qana incident was staged by Hezbollah."