To add to the theatricality, actors are engaged to entertain guests with performances of the most offending passages.
Too many distractions: gifts to return, parties to go to, visiting family members to entertain.
“I also entertain,” she says, describing her days in her adopted city.
However, the fact that this movie will not fail to entertain countless moviegoers is part of our bigger social problems.
What a quaint idea that only the very rich could ever entertain.
They received us with smiles, and seemed anxious to entertain us.
It is more calculated to surprize the eye, then to entertain it.
If she leaves two of them to entertain each other, the conversation does not flow with desirable spontaneity.
The savages seemed not to entertain the slightest suspicion of danger.
She had conceived a strange, deep love for the quaint little boy and spared no pains to entertain him.
late 15c., "to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind," from Middle French entretenir (12c.), from Old French entretenir "hold together, stick together, support," from entre- "among" (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir "to hold" (from Latin tenere; see tenet).
Sense of "have a guest" is late 15c.; that of "amuse" is 1620s. Meaning "to allow (something) to consideration" (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: Entertained; entertaining.