from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting. See Synonyms at amuse.
- transitive v. To extend hospitality toward: entertain friends at dinner.
- transitive v. To consider; contemplate: entertain an idea.
- transitive v. To hold in mind; harbor: entertained few illusions.
- transitive v. Archaic To continue with; maintain.
- transitive v. Obsolete To employ; hire.
- transitive v. To give admittance to; receive.
- intransitive v. To show hospitality to guests.
- intransitive v. To provide entertainment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To amuse (someone); said especially of a professional entertainer.
- v. To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
- v. To have a thought in mind.
- n. Entertainment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Entertainment.
- intransitive v. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests.
- transitive v. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
- transitive v. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
- transitive v. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert
- transitive v. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of.
- transitive v. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
- transitive v. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish.
- transitive v. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To maintain; keep up; hold.
- To maintain physically; provide for; support; hence, to take into service.
- To provide comfort or gratification for; care for by hospitality, attentions, or diversions; gratify or amuse; hence, to receive and provide for, as a guest, freely or for pay; furnish with accommodation, refreshment, or diversion: as, to entertain one's friends at dinner, or with music and conversation; to be entertained at an inn or at the theater.
- To provide for agreeably, as the passage of time; while away; divert.
- To take in; receive; give admittance to; admit.
- To take into the mind; take into consideration; consider with reference to decision or action; give heed to; harbor: as, to entertain a proposal.
- To hold in the mind; maintain; cherish: as, to entertain decided opinions; he entertains the belief that he is inspired.
- To engage; give occupation to, as in a contest.
- To treat; consider; regard.
- Synonyms Divert, Beguile. See amuse.
- To exercise hospitality; give entertainments; receive company: as, he entertains generously.
- n. Entertainment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take into consideration, have in view
- v. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
- v. provide entertainment for
By and large, the only “something” that other countries might entertain is the capacity to shovel the S#!
Anyone who has to use profanity to make their point or to entertain is only revealing his or her own limitations. — ravenswing2
If there was ever of picture of a total stalemate, that it is, but the one thing the MSM does not want to entertain is any suggestion that the Qana incident was staged by Hezbollah.
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They can't be content just to be caretakers, especially not when a waning sport needs competitors whose desire to entertain is eclipsed only by their desire to win.
But when he plays them, he should do so with the bogey-and-wave crowd, with the aging champs here to entertain from the deep end of the traps.
Unlike with many street performers, I do not have to place quotes around the word entertain, because they're actually pretty funny.
It's a narrative art that strives not to change or enlighten or broaden or reorient -- not necessarily even to "entertain" -- but merely and always to engage, to appeal to.
It's a narrative art that strives not to change or enlighten or broaden or reorient--not necessarily even to "entertain"--but merely and always to engage, to appeal to.
And Michael Feinstein will -- I was going to say "entertain" -- he will move us as we move toward the end of the program.