transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 (amuse) [audience] entretener* to keep sb entertained entretener* or tener* entretenido a algn she went to entertain the troops fue a actuar ante las tropasMore 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.
- 2 (give hospitality to) we enjoy entertaining friends nos gusta recibir (a los amigos) en casa or invitar a los amigos the minister entertained the diplomats el ministro agasajó a los diplomáticos we entertained twenty people to dinner last Saturday (British English/inglés británico) el sábado pasado tuvimos veinte invitados a cenar England will entertain Spain at Wembley [Sport/Deporte] Inglaterra se enfrentará a España en el estadio de Wembley
- 3 [formal] 3.1 [idea/suggestion] contemplar, considerar 3.2 [doubt/suspicions] abrigar* [formal], albergar* [formal]More 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.
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1 (provide entertainment) entretener*
- 2 (have guests) recibir they entertain a lot reciben mucho or a menudoMore example sentences
- 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.
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Spain, a ración is a serving of food eaten in a bar or cafe, generally with a drink. Friends or relatives meet in a bar or cafe, order a number of raciones, and share them.