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entertain

[ en-ter-teyn ]
/ ˌɛn tərˈteɪn /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to exercise hospitality; entertain company; provide entertainment for guests: They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.

RELATED WORDS

satisfy, gratify, inspire, enthrall, relax, captivate, comfort, please, beguile, distract, delight, cheer, charm, regale, feed, dine, invite, welcome, treat, contemplate

Nearby words

enterprise allowance scheme, enterprise investment scheme, enterprise zone, enterpriser, enterprising, entertain, entertainer, entertaining, entertainment, enthalpy, enthesis

Origin of entertain

1425–75; late Middle English entertenen to hold mutually < Middle French entretenirVulgar Latin *intertenēre, equivalent to Latin inter- inter- + tenēre to hold
SYNONYMS FOR entertain
Related formso·ver·en·ter·tained, adjectivepre·en·ter·tain, verb (used with object)un·en·ter·tained, adjectivewell-en·ter·tained, adjective

Synonym study

1. See amuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for entertain

entertain

/ (ˌɛntəˈteɪn) /

verb

to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
to show hospitality to (guests)
(tr) to hold in the mindto entertain an idea

Word Origin for entertain

C15: from Old French entretenir, from entre- mutually + tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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Word Origin and History for entertain

entertain


v.

late 15c., "to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind," from Middle French entretenir (12c.), from Old French entretenir "hold together, stick together, support," from entre- "among" (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir "to hold" (from Latin tenere; see tenet).

Sense of "have a guest" is late 15c.; that of "amuse" is 1620s. Meaning "to allow (something) to consideration" (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: Entertained; entertaining.

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