verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of entertain
Examples from the Web for entertained
We want [fans] to walk away changed or better or at least entertained by it.
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’|Gabriella Paiella|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He knew very well that a man of strong character would never have entertained this project.New Grub Street|George Gissing
But from his earliest years he had entertained romantic notions, adventurous desires.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek|George W. Ogden
They had not entertained the suggestion that the open air is only one of the advantages of the open sky.The Ball and The Cross|G.K. Chesterton
Here she received and entertained her friends every evening from five until nine o'clock.Woman in Science|John Augustine Zahm
Such designs, full of genius and full of fate as they are, are not entertained except avowedly as air-pictures.Essays, Second Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for entertained
Word Origin for entertain
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.