- to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
- to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to.
- to admit into the mind; consider: He never entertained such ideas.
- to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish: They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge.
- Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
- Obsolete. to give admittance or reception to; receive.
- to exercise hospitality; entertain company; provide entertainment for guests: They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.
Origin of entertain
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Examples from the Web for entertained
We want [fans] to walk away changed or better or at least entertained by it.Four TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Return In 2015
December 22, 2014
For us, WoodRocket is paving the way for creating a place you can come to—and come at—and stay and be entertained.Inside the Greatest Porn Parody Factory: From ‘Game of Bones’ to ‘The Humper Games’
November 28, 2014
She kept servants and, evidently, three slaves, and entertained academics and philosophers in an elite salon.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
The issues seem “stale” only because the commentators demand to be entertained.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
He spent most of his vacation as the guest of our printers in Philadelphia, and they entertained him handsomely.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
It was fortunate that, in this case, no fears could be entertained.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
How came she to talk with him, to allow herself to be entertained by him?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Mrs Verloc entertained no vain delusions on the subject of the dead.The Secret Agent
It was on his account that we were tolerated, nay, even advised and helped and entertained.In the Valley
Still, it was strange how great a respect for his feelings they entertained.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
- to show hospitality to (guests)
- (tr) to hold in the mindto entertain an idea
Word Origin and History for entertained
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.