He entertained at a party that my wife and I helped give for a young couple that was getting married.
Sure, we may come for the recipes, but we stay to be entertained by the cook's own peculiar passion for the world of the edible.
Not this election, perhaps, in this economic collapse, but sometimes, as we have learned, Americans just want to be entertained.
Proud, and entertained by the attacks on someone he says the media also considers “irrelevant.”
He sang, he danced, he told stories, he entertained in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.
They entertained them with the hospitality of mountaineers, feasting them at every fire.
All along the pleasant way Sam entertained us with memories of the stream.
They were entertained in sumptuous splendor, by the same profession of men in Attalia.
He was entertained with the bagpipes, which seemed to have especial charms for the natives.
I was of opinion, that the canoe was before us, while the Indians entertained an opposite notion.
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.
Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deut. 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Sam. 9:13), in token of alliances (Gen. 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Gen. 21:8), at weddings (Gen. 29:22; John 2:1), on birth-days (Matt. 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Sam. 13:23), and of vintage (Judg. 9:27), and at funerals (2 Sam. 3:35; Jer. 16:7). The guests were invited by servants (Prov. 9:3; Matt. 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Sam. 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1 Sam. 1:4; 2 Sam. 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Gen. 43:34). The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Ex. 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1 Cor. 10:28). In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned (Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:21; 1 Pet. 4:3). (See BANQUET.)