If you want to entertain, you've got to hold people's attention, usually with something amusing. Clowns, music, silly jokes, and a good game of charades can all be used to entertain.

Did you know you can actually entertain ideas? It's not quite the same as entertaining friends with a good home cooked meal or tickets to the ball game, but still an appropriate way to use the word. To entertain an idea means to have it in mind or under consideration. For example, you never thought of studying abroad, but after a professor said it was one of the most meaningful experiences of his life, you started to entertain the idea of living in a foreign country.

Primary Meanings of entertain

provide entertainment for
take into consideration, have in view
Full Definitions of entertain

v provide entertainment for

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be the host of or for
amuse, disport, divert
occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
banquet, feast, junket
provide a feast or banquet for
wine and dine
provide with food and drink, usually lavishly
compere, emcee
act as a master of ceremonies
do the honors
act as the host and receive or introduce one's guests
Type of:
socialise, socialize
take part in social activities; interact with others

v take into consideration, have in view

“He entertained the notion of moving to South America”
flirt with, think about, think of, toy with
Type of:
consider as a possibility

v maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

entertain interesting notions”
harbor, harbour, hold, nurse
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

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