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entertaining

[en-ter-tey-ning] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪ nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
affording entertainment; amusing; diverting:
We spent an entertaining evening at the theater.
Origin of entertaining
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; entertain + -ing2
Related forms
entertainingly, adverb
nonentertaining, adjective
quasi-entertaining, adjective
self-entertaining, adjective
unentertaining, adjective
unentertainingly, adverb

entertain

[en-ter-teyn] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
2.
to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to.
3.
to admit into the mind; consider:
He never entertained such ideas.
4.
to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish:
They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge.
5.
Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
6.
Obsolete. to give admittance or reception to; receive.
verb (used without object)
7.
to exercise hospitality; entertain company; provide entertainment for guests:
They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English entertenen to hold mutually < Middle French entretenirVulgar Latin *intertenēre, equivalent to Latin inter- inter- + tenēre to hold
Related forms
overentertained, adjective
preentertain, verb (used with object)
unentertained, adjective
well-entertained, adjective
Synonyms
1. beguile, regale.
Antonyms
1. bore. 3. reject.
Synonym Study
1. See amuse.
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  • You're such a chatty, entertaining, communicative cuss on first acquaintance, too.

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  • Beecot shook his head and strove to dissuade her from entertaining this idea.

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  • Mrs. Heth was entertaining a lunch-party of seven ladies, her contemporaries, at two o'clock this day.

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  • It never seemed to me that entertaining children was your forte.

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  • They are entertaining a good deal—a judicious sprinkling of the fashionable and the literary.

British Dictionary definitions for entertaining

entertaining

/ˌɛntəˈteɪnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to entertain or give pleasure; diverting; amusing
Derived Forms
entertainingly, adverb

entertain

/ˌɛntəˈteɪn/
verb
1.
to provide amusement for (a person or audience)
2.
to show hospitality to (guests)
3.
(transitive) to hold in the mind: to entertain an idea
Word Origin
C15: from Old French entretenir, from entre- mutually + tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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Word Origin and History for entertaining

entertain

v.

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.

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