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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: entretenir 'to hold together, support', from tenir 'to hold'

entertain

verb
     
en‧ter‧tain
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?
3

entertain an idea/hope/thought etc

formal 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.

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