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 Dictionary entry overview: What does entertain mean? 

  The verb ENTERTAIN has 3 senses:

1. provide entertainment for
2. take into consideration, have in view
3. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

  Familiarity information: ENTERTAIN used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1entertain [BACK TO TOP]


Provide entertainment for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "entertain" is one way to...):

socialise; socialize (take part in social activities; interact with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "entertain"):

host (be the host of or for)

amuse; disport; divert (occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot entertain Sue
The performance is likely to entertain Sue

Sense 2entertain [BACK TO TOP]


Take into consideration, have in view

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


flirt with; toy with; entertain; think about; think of

Context example:

He entertained the notion of moving to South America

Hypernyms (to "entertain" is one way to...):

contemplate (consider as a possibility)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sense 3entertain [BACK TO TOP]


Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


harbor; nurse; entertain; harbour; hold

Context examples:

bear a grudge / entertain interesting notions / harbor a resentment

Hypernyms (to "entertain" is one way to...):

experience; feel (undergo an emotional sensation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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