(noun, verb)


1. (obsolete) Entertainment; pleasure.

2. (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.


1. provide entertainment for

Definition categories: social, socialise, socialize

2. take into consideration, have in view

- He entertained the notion of moving to South America

Definition categories: cognition, contemplate

3. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

- entertain interesting notions

Similar word(s): harbor, harbour, hold, nurse

Definition categories: emotion, experience, feel

Sentences with entertain as a verb:

- to entertain friends with lively conversation

- The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.

- They enjoy entertaining a lot.

- The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.

- to entertain a proposal