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Entertain meaning

entertain - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings); " bear a grudge"; " entertain interesting notions"; " harbor a resentment"
  2. 2. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
  3. 3. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  7. 7. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
  8. 8. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  9. 9. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
  10. 10. Entertainment.
  11. 11. Entertainer.
  12. 12. To treat hospitably; amuse; take into consideration.

entertain - examples of usage

  1. To desire and love to walk alone, shews her Thoughts entertain and please her more than I, that's not so well.
  2. When young friends visit you, do you try your utmost to entertain them, thinking of their comfort before your own? - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. She ought to entertain him with brilliant conversation, as it were. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
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