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Definitions of entertain

  1. provide entertainment for Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; "bear a grudge"; "hold a grudge" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To meet or encounter, as an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Entertainment. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To receive and treat hospitably; amuse; keep in the mind; to harbor, as a grudge; take into consideration; as, to entertain a proposition. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To receive guests hospitably. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To receive and treat hospitably: to hold the attention of and amuse by conversation: to receive and take into consideration: to keep or hold in the mind: to meet as an enemy; to encounter; to confront; to join battle with. (Rare.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Entertainer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To treat hospitably; amuse; take into consideration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To receive and care for, as a guest; amuse; divert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To take into consideration; hold, as an opinion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To receive and care for guests. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Entertaining. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Entertainly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To receive and treat with hospitality; to engage the attention and occupy it agreeably; to maintain; to harbour; to cherish; to take into consideration with a view to decide; to amuse; to purvey to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To exercise hospitality. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To treat with hospitality; to amuse or instruct by conversation; to cherish or harbour in the mind; to please or divert. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival ( Deuteronomy 16:11 Deuteronomy 16:14 ), and accompanied by offerings ( 1 Samuel 9:13 ), in token of alliances ( Genesis 26:30 ); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children ( Genesis 21:8 ), at weddings ( Genesis 29:22 ; John 2:1 ), on birth-days ( Matthew 14:6 ), at the time of sheep-shearing ( 2 Samuel 13:23 ), and of vintage ( Judges 9:27 ), and at funerals ( 2 Samuel 3:35 ; Jeremiah 16:7 ). The guests were invited by servants ( Proverbs 9:3 ; Matthew 22:3 ), who assigned them their respective places ( 1 Samuel 9:22 ; Luke 14:8 ; Mark 12:39 ). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest ( 1 Samuel 1:4 ; 2 Sam 6:19 ), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased ( Genesis 43:34 ). The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments ( Exodus 34:15 ), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh ( 1 Corinthians 10:28 ). In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned ( Romans 13:13 ; Galatians 5:21 ; 1 Peter 4:3 ). (See BANQUET .) biblestudytools.com
  28. en-t[.e]r-t[=a]n', v.t. to receive and treat hospitably: to hold the attention of and amuse by conversation: to amuse: to receive and take into consideration: to keep or hold in the mind: to harbour.--n. ENTERTAIN'ER.--p.adj. ENTERTAIN'ING, affording entertainment: amusing.--adv. ENTERTAIN'INGLY.--n. ENTERTAIN'MENT, act of entertaining: hospitality at table: that which entertains: the provisions of the table: a banquet: amusement: a performance which delights. [Fr. entretenir--L. inter, among, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Maintain (correspondence, discourse); amuse, occupy agreeably, (person &c., often iron.), whence entertaining a., entertainingly adv.; receive hospitably (also abs., as they e. a great deal); harbour, cherish, (idea, feeling). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. To converse with, to talk with; to treat at the table; to receive hospitably; to keep in one’s service; to reserve in the mind; to please, to amuse, to divert; to admit with satisfaction. Complete Dictionary

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