- 1Provide (someone) with amusement or enjoyment: a tremendous game that thoroughly entertained the crowdMore example sentences
- At least we were thoroughly entertained throughout our main course.
- He was thoroughly entertained by a grotesque comedy that satirized a group of celebrities.
- Dedicated volunteers entertain the members with games of cards and bingo, while some just meet up for a chat and a cup of tea.
- 1.1Receive (someone) as a guest and provide them with food and drink: a private dining room where members could entertain groups of friends [no object]: Sunday lunchtime is the best time to entertainMore example sentences
receive, play host/hostess to, show hospitality to, invite to a meal/party, invite (round/over), ask (round/over), have (round/over), give someone a meal, throw a party for; dine, wine and dine, feast, cater for, serve, feed, treat, welcome, host, fete
- Most families had a house for sleeping and a small cook house in the back, and some had a guest house for entertaining visitors.
- Having bar furniture in your house, you will be able to entertain friends and guests more easily.
- It is on their behalf, therefore, that he is taking action if he entertains guests and gives them food and drink.
- 2Give attention or consideration to (an idea or feeling): Washington entertained little hope of an early improvement in relationsMore example sentences
- At the beginning of the hearing, I entertained considerable sympathy for the predicament in which he found himself.
- I would not expect them to even entertain the idea that they could report simultaneously as a battle was taking place.
- What amazed me was that my company director entertained this idea and sounded genuinely interested in participating.
late Middle English: from French entretenir, based on Latin inter 'among' + tenere 'to hold'. The word originally meant 'maintain, continue', later 'maintain in a certain condition, treat in a certain way', also 'show hospitality' (late 15th century).