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Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense entertains , present participle entertaining , past tense , past participle entertained
They were entertained by top singers, dancers and celebrities.
[ be VERB-ed ]
To generate new money the sport needs to be more entertaining.
This is a surprisingly entertaining film.
You weren't allowed to entertain men in your rooms even with a chaperone.
[ VERB noun ]
entertaining uncountable noun
...a cosy area for entertaining and relaxing.
I feel how foolish I am to entertain doubts.
[ VERB noun ]
I wouldn't entertain the idea of such an unsociable job.
[ VERB noun ]
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entertain in British
( ˌɛntəˈteɪn )
to entertain an idea
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Word origin of 'entertain'
C15: from Old French
to hold, from Latin
entertain in American
( ˌɛntərˈteɪn )
to hold the interest of and give pleasure to;
to give hospitality to; have as a guest
to allow oneself to think about; have in mind; consider
entertain an idea
to give hospitality to guests
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Word origin of 'entertain'
, to maintain, hold together <
), between +
, to hold: see
Example sentences containing 'entertain'
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You have what it takes to entertain an audience. The Sun (2016 )
He saw his role as being to entertain the audience. Times, Sunday Times (2016 )
You can talk about ideas in an entertaining and factual way that spells progress for your most important ambition. The Sun (2017 )
She had planned to stay in India for a week but postponed her return flight to entertain new film offers. Times, Sunday Times (2016 )
The source added:'He is not entertaining ideas with clubs abroad either. The Sun (2017 )
Though he allows leeway for entertaining stories about colleagues. Times, Sunday Times (2012 )
There has to be an element of peril to keep the audience entertained. The Sun (2015 )
The vaguely realistic answer suggested in this popcorn film provides an entertaining alternative to Women's Racerback Arizona Black Top Tri-blend Diamondbacks Stretch Tank superhero movies. Times, Sunday Times (2012 )
This is an entertaining documentary about his life. The Sun (2007 )
Jupiter gives you brilliant ideas and an entertaining way of presenting them. The Sun (2012 )
The most important thing is entertaining an audience. Times, Sunday Times (2010 )
It is a massively entertaining film that absolutely soars. The Sun (2016 )
That had a certain element of entertaining slapstick about it. The Sun (2011 )
But he is loathe to entertain the idea it is all a waste of time. The Sun (2013 ) Basketball Blue 1 Stitched College Williamson Zion Jersey black Devils Elite Blue
It certainly makes the film a very entertaining experience. Times, Sunday Times (2008 )
It was about as entertaining as flushing a loo. The Sun (2009 )
The answer suggested in this popcorn film provides an entertaining alternative to standard superhero movies. Times, Sunday Times (2012 )
This assured and highly entertaining film could hold its own against pretty much any sporting documentary you care to name. Times, Sunday Times (2007 )
Neither of them wanted to entertain the idea that their dream was about to collapse and that they would have failed. Why am I Afraid to Grieve (1994 )
He is messianic about this, regarding the industry and the rituals of performance with entertaining contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2015 )
Although it's possibly no coincidence the most entertaining performances came from elsewhere. The Sun (2010 )
It's been great to entertain a new audience. Times, Sunday Times (2012 )
He has made that part his very own and has entertained audiences worldwide for 12 years. The Sun (2009 )
It seems surprising he should have entertained such an idea given that Vienna lay before him as a case study. Times, Sunday Times (2014 )
Many of the performers had entertained in the services, and their humour was of a different kind from civilian humour. CELEBRATING SECOMBE: A Tribute to Sir Harry Secombe (2002 )
She's still a hugely entertaining performer, but now the songs are doing more of the heavy lifting. Times, Sunday Times (2009 )
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Translations for 'entertain'
entertain people, you do something that amuses or interests them.
Children's television not only entertains but also educates.
: Jersey College Stitched Wolverines Jabrill 5 Peppers Navy American English entertain
Arabic: يُسَلِّي يسلي
Brazilian Portuguese: entreter
European Spanish: entretener
French: amuser Stitched College 1 Bears Jersey Golden No Fans Premier White
: Jersey College Stitched Wolverines Jabrill 5 Peppers Navy Greek ψυχαγωγώ
European Portuguese: entreter
Romanian: a distra
Latin American Spanish: entretener
Swedish: underhålla ge nöje
: Jersey College Stitched Wolverines Jabrill 5 Peppers Navy Ukrainian розважати
Vietnamese: giải trí
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