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- entertaine (obsolete)
From Middle English entertenen, from Middle French entretenir, from Old French entretenir, from entre (“among”) + tenir (“to hold”), from Latin inter + teneō (“hold, keep”). For the noun, compare French entretien.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛntəˈteɪn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɛntɚˈteɪn/, [ˌɛɾ̃ɚˈtʰeɪn]
- Hyphenation: en‧ter‧tain
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- Rhymes: -eɪn
- (transitive) To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.
- to entertain friends with lively conversation
- The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
- (transitive and intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
- They enjoy entertaining a lot.
- (transitive) To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.
- The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
- to entertain a proposal
- 1851, Thomas De Quincey, Literary Reminiscences:
- I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
- (obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.
- c. 1589–1590, Christopher Marlo[we], edited by Tho[mas] Heywood, The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Ievv of Malta. […], London: […] I[ohn] B[eale] for Nicholas Vavasour, […], published 1633, →OCLC, Act I, [scene i]:
- Entreat 'em fair, and give them friendly speech,
And seem to them as if thy sins were great,
Till thou hast gotten to be entertain'd.
- (obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
- O noble English, that could entertain with half their forces the full pride of France
- 1860, British Parliament, Naval Discipline Act, page 1069:
- Penalty for entertaining a Deserter
- (obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
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Related terms edit
to have over at one's home
to receive and take into consideration
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- (obsolete) Entertainment; pleasure.
- c. 1603 (date written), Iohn Marston, The Malcontent, London: […] V[alentine] S[immes] for William Aspley, […], published 1604, →OCLC, Act V, scene iii:
- And Celſo, prethee let it be thy care to night / To haue ſome pretty ſhew, to ſolemnize / Our high inſtalement, ſome muſike maſkerie: / Weele giue faire entertaine vnto Maria […]
- (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.
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Further reading edit
- “entertain”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “entertain”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “entertain”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.