Entertain

Definition of Entertain

En`ter`tain´
v. t.1.To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
[imp. & p. p. Entertained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Entertaining.]
You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
- Shak.
2.To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained unawares.
- Heb. xiii. 2.
3.To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
The weary time she can not entertain.
- Shak.
4.To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
- De Quincey.
A rumor gained ground, - and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
- Hawthorne.
5.To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
6.To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
7.To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
To baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services institutions of the holy Jesus.
- Jer. Taylor.
v. i.1.To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
n.1.Entertainment.

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