[en-ter-teyn] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn/
verb (used with object)
to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to.
to admit into the mind; consider:
He never entertained such ideas.
to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish:
They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge.
Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
Obsolete. to give admittance or reception to; receive.
verb (used without object)
to exercise hospitality; entertain company; provide for guests:
They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.
to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
to show hospitality to (guests)
(transitive) to hold in the mind: to entertain an idea
late 15c., “to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind,” from Middle French entretenir (12c.), from Old French entretenir “hold together, stick together, support,” from entre- “among” (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir “to hold” (from Latin tenere; see tenet).
Sense of “have a guest” is late 15c.; that of “amuse” is 1620s. Meaning “to allow (something) to consideration” (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: Entertained; entertaining.
Entertainments, “feasts,” were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deut. 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Sam. 9:13), in token of alliances (Gen. 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Gen. 21:8), at weddings (Gen. 29:22; John 2:1), on birth-days (Matt. 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Sam. 13:23), and of vintage (Judg. 9:27), and at funerals (2 Sam. 3:35; Jer. 16:7). The guests were invited by servants (Prov. 9:3; Matt. 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Sam. 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1 Sam. 1:4; 2 Sam. 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Gen. 43:34). The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Ex. 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1 Cor. 10:28). In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent “revellings,” against which Christians were warned (Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:21; 1 Pet. 4:3). (See BANQUET.)
[en-ter-tey-ner] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪ nər/ noun 1. a singer, comedian, dancer, reciter, or the like, especially a professional one. 2. a person who ; host: She was one of the capital’s great entertainers. /ˌɛntəˈteɪnə/ noun 1. a professional singer, comedian, or other performer who takes part in public entertainments 2. any person who entertains n. “public […]
[en-ter-tey-ning] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪ nɪŋ/ adjective 1. affording ; amusing; diverting: We spent an entertaining evening at the theater. [en-ter-teyn] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn/ verb (used with object) 1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse. 2. to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to. 3. to admit into the […]
[en-ter-tey-ning] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪ nɪŋ/ adjective 1. affording ; amusing; diverting: We spent an entertaining evening at the theater. /ˌɛntəˈteɪnɪŋ/ adjective 1. serving to entertain or give pleasure; diverting; amusing
[en-ter-teyn-muh nt] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn mənt/ noun 1. the act of ; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many. 2. something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment. 3. hospitable provision for the […]