en·ter·tain·ing | \ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ \

Definition of entertaining 

: providing entertainment : diverting an entertaining book an entertaining speaker

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entertainingly \ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of entertaining in a Sentence

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day

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The house features a bakery off the kitchen, an over-sized bar and wine cabinet and a giant pocket-door system in the great room and kitchen areas for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Hollywood money manager buys $3.8 million Paradise Valley mansion," 25 June 2018 The finished basement is made for entertaining, with a bar and room for a pool table. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Treehouse on the water can be yours for $835,000," 15 June 2018 Comfort Food with a Twist Menu Pan-Seared Salmon with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce Farro Winter Kale Super Salad Raspberry Oatmeal Crumb Bars Mulled Cider Top tips for easy entertainingGet organized. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salmon a surprising basis for a comfort food menu," 31 Mar. 2018 The 10-acre property in the secluded area of Diamond Ridge includes the house with an indoor sports court plus a covered patio and swimming pool for outdoor entertaining. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Fired Ducks coach Mark Helfrich sells Eugene dream house for $2.4 million," 8 Mar. 2018 Jenny Forrer and her husband, Dave, live in Independence and are known for entertaining and serving luscious foods. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "3 simple ingredients create a Valentine cookie to love," 6 Feb. 2018 Over the years, McGowan says the house has been perfect for entertaining. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 112 Stoner Drive, West Hartford," 1 Feb. 2018 Baseball is confounding and confusing, irritating but entertaining, predictable yet full of surprises. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati should be viewed as a blip, not a red flag," 25 June 2018 Oh is terrific, creating a complex character who’s caustic, witty, intense and imperfect, and the wildly entertaining series steadily built an audience over the course of its first season. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Emmys 2018: Five races we'll be watching when nominations are announced," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of entertaining

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entertaining was in 1676

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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