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Definition of entertain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entertain
    he / she / it entertains
    past simple entertained
    -ing form entertaining
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to invite people to eat or drink with you as your guests, especially in your home The job involves a lot of entertaining. entertain somebody Barbecues are a favorite way of entertaining friends.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] entertain (somebody) (with something) to interest and amuse someone in order to please them He entertained us for hours with his stories and jokes. The aim of the series is both to entertain and inform.
  3. 3[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) entertain something (formal) to consider or allow yourself to think about an idea, a hope, a feeling, etc. He had entertained hopes of a reconciliation. to entertain a doubt/suspicion
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