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Meaning of “entertain” in the English Dictionary

"entertain" in British English

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entertainverb

uk   /en.təˈteɪn/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
  • entertain verb (AMUSE)

B1 [I or T] to ​keep a ​group of ​peopleinterested or ​enjoying themselves: We ​hired a ​magician to entertain the ​children. Most children's ​televisionprogrammesaim to ​educate and entertain at the same ​time.

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  • entertain verb (INVITE)

[I or T] to ​invite someone to ​yourhome and give ​food and ​drink to them: We entertain a lot of ​people, ​mainlybusinessassociates of my wife's. Now that I ​live on my own, I don't entertain much.
(Definition of entertain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"entertain" in American English

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entertainverb

 us   /ˌen·tərˈteɪn/
  • entertain verb (AMUSE)

[I/T] to ​keep a ​person or a ​group of ​peopleinterested or ​amused: [I] Children’s ​games and ​booksseek to ​teach and entertain at the same ​time. [T] Kerry and ​Bill entertained listeners of ​theirradio show with ​tales of ​theiradventures on an ​oceancruise.
  • entertain verb (INVITE)

[I/T] to ​invite one or more ​people to ​yourhouse 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.
  • entertain verb (THINK ABOUT)

[T] to ​hold in ​yourmind or to be ​willing to ​consider or ​accept: He entertained some ​doubts about how ​truthful the ​government was.
(Definition of entertain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"entertain" in Business English

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entertainverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˌentəˈteɪn/
to take ​customers or possible ​customers out to ​restaurants, ​bars, theatres, etc. as a way of encouraging them to do ​business with you: Employees can use their ​expenseaccounts for entertaining a ​client.
(Definition of entertain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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