Entertain

  • 1 Entertain — En ter*tain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entertained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Entertaining}.] [F. entretenir; entre between (L. inter) + tenir to hold, L. tenere. See {Tenable}.] 1. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one s service; to maintain; to… …

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  • 2 entertain — [v1] amuse absorb, beguile, captivate, charm, cheer, comfort, crack up*, delight, distract, divert, ecstasize, elate, engross, enliven, enthrall, gladden, grab, gratify, humor, indulge, inspire, inspirit, interest, knock dead*, make merry, occupy …

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  • 3 entertain — [ent΄ər tān′] vt. [ME entretinen < OFr entretenir, to maintain, hold together < entre (L inter), between + tenir < L tenere, to hold: see THIN] 1. Archaic to keep up; maintain 2. to hold the interest of and give pleasure to; divert;… …

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  • 4 Entertain — En ter*tain , v. i. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Entertain — En ter*tain , n. [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.] Entertainment. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 entertain — index engage (involve), interest, occupy (engage), receive (permit to enter), treat (process) …

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  • 7 entertain — UK US /ˌentəˈteɪn/ verb [I or T] ► to take customers or possible customers out to restaurants, bars, theatres, etc. as a way of encouraging them to do business with you: »Employees can use their expense accounts for entertaining a client …

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  • 8 entertain — late 15c., to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind, from M.Fr. entretenir (12c.), from O.Fr. entretenir hold together, stick together, support, from entre among (from L. inter; see INTER (Cf. inter )) + tenir to hold… …

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  • 9 entertain — 1 *harbor, shelter, lodge, house, board Analogous words: *receive, admit: cultivate, cherish, foster (see NURSE): *feed, nourish 2 divert, *amuse, recreate Analogous words: * …

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  • 10 entertain — ► VERB 1) provide with amusement or enjoyment. 2) show hospitality to. 3) give attention or consideration to. ORIGIN originally in the sense «maintain, continue»: from French entretenir, from Latin tenere to hold …

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  • 11 entertain — [[t]e̱ntə(r)te͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ entertains, entertaining, entertained 1) VERB If a performer, performance, or activity entertains you, it amuses you, interests you, or gives you pleasure. [V n] ...games and ideas to entertain children... [V n] They… …

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  • 12 entertain — verb 1 invite sb to eat/drink with you ADVERB ▪ lavishly ▪ The Bradfords always entertained lavishly at Christmas. PREPOSITION ▪ to (BrE) ▪ They entertained us to lunch in their new house …

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  • 13 entertain — en|ter|tain [ˌentəˈteın US tər ] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: entretenir to hold together, support , from tenir to hold ] 1.) [I and T] to amuse or interest people in a way that gives them pleasure entertain sb with sth ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 entertain — v. (D; tr.) to entertain with (to entertain children with funny stories) * * * [ˌentə teɪn] (D; tr.) to entertain with (to entertain children with funny stories) …

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  • 15 entertain */*/ — UK [ˌentə(r)ˈteɪn] / US [ˌentərˈteɪn] verb Word forms entertain : present tense I/you/we/they entertain he/she/it entertains present participle entertaining past tense entertained past participle entertained 1) a) [transitive] to give a… …

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  • 16 entertain — verb Etymology: Middle English entertinen, from Middle French entretenir, from entre inter + tenir to hold more at tenable Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. archaic maintain b. obsolete receive …

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  • 17 entertain — 01. My grandfather was always able to [entertain] us with his stories of life in this country at the beginning of the century. 02. Some foreign students feel that there is not a lot to do for [entertainment] in a small town such as this. 03. The… …

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  • 18 entertain — verb 1) she wrote plays to entertain them Syn: amuse, divert, delight, please, charm, cheer, interest; informal bring the house down; engage, occupy, absorb, engross Ant: bore 2) …

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  • 19 entertain — /en teuhr tayn /, v.t. 1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse. 2. to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to. 3. to admit into the mind; consider: He never entertained such ideas. 4. to… …

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  • 20 entertain — en|ter|tain [ ,entər teın ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to give a performance that people enjoy: In professional sports, the responsibility is on everyone to entertain the crowd. a ) intransitive or transitive to receive someone as a guest and give… …

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