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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Anything to help America's MeMa https://t.co/JnNFpVr87w — Adrian (@apstyl) November 8, 2018 But these responses, while both sweet and thoroughly entertaining, aren’t just about how much people love Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Protect RBG” memes capture cultural anxiety over the Supreme Court," 9 Nov. 2018 Indeed, this film's obsession with technical legitimacy inevitably falls into Hollywood pitfalls, because there's no getting around the trickiness of pacing an entertaining, cheesy film while simultaneously getting the computer details correct. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Unfriended: Dark Web wardrives straight into the bad-tech-film toilet," 20 July 2018 Nothing about that sounds particularly inventive, but watching a sea of talented kids (and some dorky, but adorable adults) pull off their best dancing moves to create a bouncy and peppy video is endlessly entertaining. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 Seriously, charging your phone has never been this entertaining. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Charging Stand Makes Your Phone Look Like A Retro TV," 23 Oct. 2018 Still, it’s fun to see camper manufacturers push the boundaries creatively, and it’s one of the most entertaining parts of the big trade shows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper vans get a race car makeover," 17 Aug. 2018 And Kirjola and Battista are particularly entertaining as Kirjola plays the nerdy bookworm trying to flirt with the attractive actress. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Thanksgiving Play’ gone off the rails? That’s the genius in Capital Stage's comedy," 5 July 2018 This season is entertaining enough, thanks to strong performances from leads Mike Colter and Alfre Woodard. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "What went right and what went wrong for Luke Cage’s second season," 22 June 2018 The PGA Championship operates under the audacious belief that birdies are entertaining to watch. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Open Wants Golfers to Suffer," 11 June 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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