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Definition of Entertain


  1. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
  2. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
  3. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
  4. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
  5. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  6. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
  7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  8. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
  9. Entertainment.

Entertain Quotations

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Marcus Aurelius

You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can't be entertained - or people who are afraid. You can't entertain a man who has no food.
Bob Marley

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
Walt Disney

I always entertain great hopes.
Robert Frost
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Entertain Translations

entertain in French is divertissez, divertis, divertissent, divertissons
entertain in German is unterhalten
entertain in Italian is mantenere, distrarre
entertain in Norwegian is beverte, more, underholde
entertain in Spanish is conversar, entretener, dispersar

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