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English definition of “entertain”

entertain

verb
 
 
/ˌentəˈteɪn/
INTEREST [T] B1 to keep someone interested and help them to have an enjoyable time: We hired a clown to entertain the children.Celebrating and entertaining
GUEST [I, T] to invite someone to be your guest and give them food, drink, etc: We don't entertain as much as we used to.Celebrating and entertainingGiving food to people and animals
THINK ABOUT [T] formal to consider or be willing to accept an idea or suggestion: He had never even entertained the idea of her returning.Thinking and contemplating
(Definition of entertain from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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