entertain - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleentertaining
past tenseentertained
past participleentertained
  1. 1
    [transitive] to give a performance that people enjoy

    The children sang and danced to entertain the crowd.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to receive someone as a guest and give them food and drink or other forms of enjoyment

      The Duke loved to entertain when he was staying at Windsor.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to consider an idea or feeling and allow it to develop in your mind

    If de Gaulle entertained hopes of an alliance, he was to be swiftly disappointed.