|Origin:||entretenir 'to hold together, support', from tenir 'to hold'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to amuse or interest people in a way that gives them pleasure
entertain somebody with something
She entertained the children with stories, songs and drama.
A museum should aim to entertain as well as educate.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to invite people to your home for a meal, party etc, or to take your company's customers somewhere to have a meal, drinks etc:
Mark usually does the cooking when we entertain.
Do you get an allowance for entertaining clients?
to consider an idea etc, or allow yourself to think that something might happen or be true:
She could never entertain the idea of living in the country.