v. en·ter·tained, en·ter·tain·ing, en·ter·tains
1. To hold the attention of (someone) with something amusing or diverting. See Synonyms at amuse.
2. To extend hospitality toward: entertain friends at dinner.
a. To consider; contemplate: entertain an idea.
b. To hold in mind; harbor: entertained few illusions.
4. Archaic To continue with; maintain.
5. Obsolete To employ; hire.
6. Obsolete To give admittance to; receive.
1. To show hospitality to guests.
2. To provide entertainment.
[Middle English entertinen, to maintain, from Old French entretenir, from Medieval Latin intertenēre : Latin inter, among; see INTER- + Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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