- affording entertainment; amusing; diverting: We spent an entertaining evening at the theater.
Origin of entertaining
- 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 entertaining
The first, while entertaining, is the less revelatory of the two.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
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In the end, his account is an entertaining reminder that sometimes, the truth really is better than fiction.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Hosts are vetted carefully, both for their cooking and entertaining skills.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
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Bop had produced self-conscious artists who refused to bow to conventional assumptions of what was entertaining.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
So she has chosen the path as her literary heroes, Charles Dickens and George Orwell: the entertaining but didactic novel.Join Caitlin Moran’s Riotous Feminist Revolution
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The wine account—there is one, but it ought to be Mrs. Whitney's; for entertaining.The Bacillus of Beauty
I find the study of electricity so entertaining that I am apt to neglect my other work.'Heroes of the Telegraph
I have very strong reasons indeed, for entertaining that wish.Little Dorrit
Naturally he will be asked about everywhere, and there'll be loads of entertaining to do in return.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Their manner of entertaining their guests is familiar and kind.Tacitus on Germany
- serving to entertain or give pleasure; diverting; amusing
- 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 entertaining
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.