verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of entertain
Examples from the Web for entertain
Does any of that come from being attuned to the pressure of that need to entertain?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.”
“Nakarin loves to cook and I love to entertain,” says Yariv.
So many families come that Vargas has arranged for a clown to entertain the kids.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico|Michael Schulson|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From the above, it cannot be said that Oscar Pistorius did not entertain a genuine belief that he was under threat.
The hut was large enough for her and her sister, only too small to entertain visitors.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The footman was fond of reading, and used often in the evening to entertain the other servants with some amusing book.Favorite Fairy Tales|Logan Marshall
It must be confessed that I have also more knowledge of men and the secret contempt—it must be—the best of them entertain for us.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
In fact, their descendants to the present day, even in England, entertain the same ideas.William the Conqueror|Jacob Abbott
They paid their bill and left the place with a much greater respect for Chinese cookery than they had ever expected to entertain.Bert Wilson, Wireless Operator|J. W. Duffield
British Dictionary definitions for entertain
Word Origin for entertain
Word Origin and History for entertain
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.