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entertainverb

uk   /en.təˈteɪn/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/

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.

entertain verb (THINK ABOUT)

[T not continuous] formal to hold something in your mind or to be willing to consider or accept something: The General refused to entertain the possibility of defeat.
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