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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
late Middle English
1425-1475
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. See amuse.
Antonyms
1. bore. 3. reject.
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  • The stage was held by a performance artist who entertained with original songs.
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  • Wise people will be entertained by celebrities, but not informed by them.
  • They have entertained us after being subjected to brutal training methods.
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  • True, the text was a bit sparse, but the numerous pop-ups and side panels kept me well entertained.
  • They watch the little critters outside the windows and they are entertained and the little critters are safe.
  • Play dates will allow the three-year-old to be properly entertained while you can commiserate with other moms and earn tips.
  • As has been stated, students expect to be entertained, and not do anything for their education.
  • He discusses how he entertained, then rejected, radical politics.
British Dictionary definitions for entertained

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 entertained

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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entertained in the Bible

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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