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Definition of entertain:

  1. Entertainment.
  2. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
  3. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
  4. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
  5. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
  6. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
  7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  8. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  9. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.

Synonyms:

prevail, accommodate, encourage, breastfeed, ponder, give, make merry, excogitate, obtain, concoct, curb, take for, hold back, excite, protect, chaperon, control, view as, remember, sustain, hold dear, have got, comfort, have in mind, contain, think of, exhilarate, deem, nourish, captivate, wine and dine, chew on, foster, solace, make, arrest, restrain, adjudge, gladden, book, regard as, guard, wet-nurse, think out, think over, cling to, look on, moderate, reflect, retain, revolve, take hold, harbor, repute, take to be, occupy, muse, gratify, maintain, give suck, take, lactate, weary, engross, declare, meditate, recreate, interest, shield, mean, cogitate, indulge, carry, suckle, welcome, suck, flirt with, disport, study, hatch, bore, value, contemplate, mull, deliberate, hear of, keep back, treat, dream up, tire, reserve, toy with, halt, cheer, inspire, satisfy, shelter, host, agree, invite, think about, have, bear, enliven, check, feed, weigh, ignore, ruminate, defend, hold in, hold, support, concord, think up, harbour, nurse, think through, inspirit, humor, turn over, throw, defy, treasure, regale, keep, confine, withstand, go for, concur, apply, obligate, hold up, cherish, consider, bind, admit, oblige, receive, elate, neglect, think, nurture, look upon, esteem.

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