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

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Recognize when fitspo is more entertaining than educational. SELF, "Why You Shouldn’t Try Every Cool Exercise You See on Instagram," 25 May 2019 In Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey’s latest novel, a 1950s road rally serves as both an entertaining travelogue and a plot device. April Austin, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A Long Way From Home' shifts from a lively 1950s travelogue to a darker debate over racial identity," 22 Mar. 2018 Because JoAnna and her family are constantly entertaining, everything also had to be durable. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Reba Star JoAnna Garcia Swisher Went Wild at HomeGoods to Transform Her Backyard," 7 May 2019 None of this detracts from how entertaining Smallville is. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream a different version of Aquaman from home," 21 Dec. 2018 And Bryan Fenkart's Pomatter demonstrates a Chaplinesque physicality that's entertaining if out-of-left-field strange. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 Inside, the open-plan living/ dining room flows to an outdoor entertaining area. Ann Herold, Los Angeles Magazine, "Inside an Altadena Home That’s a Live-In Sculpture," 17 Apr. 2018 Your Sundays just got way more entertaining. 8 P.M. ET on TLC The Red Line: This new drama series explores three families in Chicago coping with the aftermath of a white cop shooting an unarmed Black doctor. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "14 TV Shows and Movies That Will Keep You Sane Until Friday," 28 Apr. 2019 The entire scenario got even more entertaining thanks to the Taylors’ mysterious neighbor, Wilson (Earl Hindman). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Home Improvement' Is Available to Stream So Cancel Your Plans ASAP," 6 Apr. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of entertaining

: amusing and enjoyable : providing entertainment

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