English version

entertain an idea/hope/thought etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishentertain an idea/hope/thought etcentertain an idea/hope/thought etcformalTHINK something/HAVE A THOUGHT 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. entertain
Examples from the Corpus
entertain an idea/hope/thought etcHe had entertained thoughts of marrying her and raising a family, but he entered the Society instead.Most significantly on my sense of a distant but still valid national identity-until then I had entertained hopes of return.
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