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American English: /ˌɛn(t)ərˈteɪn/
British English: /ɛntəˈteɪn/

Translation of entertain in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (amuse)
    to keep somebody entertained
    entretener or tener entretenido a alguien
    she went to entertain the troops
    fue a actuar ante las tropas
    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) See examples: 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)
    el sábado pasado tuvimos veinte invitados a cenar
    England will entertain Spain at Wembley (Sport)
    Inglaterra se enfrentará a España en el estadio de Wembley
  • 3 [formal] 3.1
    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

  • 2 (have guests) they entertain a lot
    reciben mucho or a menudo
    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.

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