- 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 favourite way of entertaining friends.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] entertain (somebody) (with something) to interest and amuse somebody 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[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 Word Origin late Middle English: from French entretenir, based on Latin inter
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BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪn//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entertain
BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪn//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪn//he / she / it entertains
BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪnz//past simple entertained
BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪnd//past participle entertained
BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪnd//-ing form entertaining
BrE BrE//ˌentəˈteɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌentərˈteɪnɪŋ//