Associations to the word «Entertain»

Wiktionary

ENTERTAIN, verb. (transitive) To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.
ENTERTAIN, verb. (transitive and intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
ENTERTAIN, verb. (transitive) To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.
ENTERTAIN, verb. (obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.
ENTERTAIN, verb. (obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
ENTERTAIN, verb. (obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
ENTERTAIN, noun. (obsolete) Entertainment; pleasure.
ENTERTAIN, noun. (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.

Dictionary definition

ENTERTAIN, verb. Provide entertainment for.
ENTERTAIN, verb. Take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America".
ENTERTAIN, verb. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment".

Wise words

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Noam Chomsky