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English definition of “entertain”

entertain

verb [I/T] (INVITE)   /ˌen·tərˈteɪn/
to invite one or more people to your house and give food and drink to them: [T] She was a good cook and liked to entertain her friends with new dishes. [I] We didn’t entertain much over the holidays this year.
(Definition of entertain verb (INVITE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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