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.

Definitions of entertain
  1. verb
    provide entertainment for
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    be the host of or for
    amuse, disport, divert, regale
    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
  2. verb
    take into consideration, have in view
    “He entertained the notion of moving to South America”
    synonyms: flirt with, think about, think of, toy with
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    type of:
    consider as a possibility
  3. verb
    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
    entertain interesting notions”
    synonyms: harbor, harbour, hold, nurse
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
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