Definition of entertain
2 : to show hospitality to <entertain guests>
3 a : to keep, hold, or maintain in the mind <I entertain grave doubts about her sincerity> b : to receive and take into consideration <refused to entertain our plea>
4 : to provide entertainment for
5 : to play against (an opposing team) on one's home field or court
: to provide entertainment especially for guests
Examples of entertain in a sentence
They like to entertain their friends at their summer home.
Much of his job as a salesman involves entertaining clients.
Jugglers were on hand to entertain the crowd.
Our father entertained us with stories.
Our father's stories entertained us.
Origin and Etymology of entertain
Middle English entertinen, from Middle French entretenir, from entre- inter- + tenir to hold — more at tenable
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of entertain
ENTERTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of entertain for English Language Learners
: to have people as guests in your home or in a public place (such as a restaurant)
: to perform for (an audience) : to provide amusement for (someone) by singing, acting, etc.
: to provide or be entertainment for (someone)
ENTERTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of entertain for Students
1 : to host a social event <My parents entertain often.>
2 : to have as a guest <entertain friends>
3 : to perform for or provide amusement for <Comedians entertained the crowd.>
4 : to have in mind <She entertained thoughts of quitting.>
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