en·​ter·​tain·​ing | \ ˌen-tər-ˈtā-niŋ How to pronounce entertaining (audio) \

Definition of entertaining

: providing entertainment : diverting an entertaining book an entertaining speaker

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entertainingly \ ˌen-​tər-​ˈtā-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce entertainingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of entertaining in a Sentence

a list of entertaining things to do on a snow day
Recent Examples on the Web In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Allen media department wanted to be able to inform its residents of local city news and events in a positive and entertaining way. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "City of Allen launches ‘The Loop’ series to keep residents informed," 2 July 2020 The attempts to use tickets and ballots to confuse voters, or make up votes are as old as the election, says Cheng, and in many cases rather entertaining. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The history of the US ballot is a fascinating journey through the making of a democracy," 2 July 2020 Trying to differentiate the bad from the good, guessing who’s lying or telling the truth, and attempting to solve a crime are all mental puzzles that are endlessly frustrating yet completely entertaining. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "37 Best Mystery Movies That Will Keep You Guessing Until the Very End," 24 June 2020 For all the documentary's focus on Quatro's role as a trailblazing woman in rock, the film also serves as an intriguing and entertaining overview of her career. Ed Masley, azcentral, "'Suzi Q' is a must-watch music documentary about an unsung rock legend," 22 June 2020 High-end buyers who want a private setting, handsome architectural design and entertaining spaces indoors and out may be attracted to the house, which has floor-to-ceiling windows outlined in black set against a mossy green backdrop. oregonlive, "New, glass-wrapped modern house in Forest Park is quietly for sale at $2,550,000," 11 June 2020 Her updates are mostly upbeat, entertaining and harmless. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Online pity parties don’t elicit hugs," 7 June 2020 As Pose fans know, every ball needs a whip-smart, entertaining, and fierce MC, which is why HBO Max tapped dancer, instructor, and King of Vogue Dashaun Wesley to host the unscripted series. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "A Guide To The Iconic Judges of HBO Max’s Legendary," 27 May 2020 Not why make it — reboots are all the rage, and it’s an entertaining eight episodes, a pitch-black noir set in a booming Los Angeles in the early 1930s. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "HBO's 'Perry Mason' reboot is a gritty noir prequel nobody asked for. But it's worth it," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of entertaining

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entertaining was in 1582

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7 Jul 2020

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“Entertaining.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entertaining. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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