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"entertain" in British English

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entertainverb

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

B1 [I or T] to keep a group of people interested or enjoying themselves: We hired a magician to entertain the children. Most children's television programmes aim to educate and entertain at the same time.

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  • entertain verb (INVITE)

[I or T] to invite someone to your home and give food and drink to them: We entertain a lot of people, mainly business associates 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 people interested or amused: [I] Children’s games and books seek to teach and entertain at the same time. [T] Kerry and Bill entertained listeners of their radio show with tales of their adventures on an ocean cruise.
  • entertain verb (INVITE)

[I/T] 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.
  • entertain verb (THINK ABOUT)

[T] to hold in your mind 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 expense accounts for entertaining a client.
(Definition of entertain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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