Definitions of entertain

  1. To exercise hospitality.
  2. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
  3. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  8. To receive and treat hospitably; amuse; keep in the mind; to harbor, as a grudge; take into consideration; as, to entertain a proposition.
  9. 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.).
  10. To treat hospitably; amuse; take into consideration.
  11. To receive and care for, as a guest; amuse; divert.
  12. To take into consideration; hold, as an opinion.
  13. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
  14. To receive guests hospitably.
  15. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings); " bear a grudge"; " entertain interesting notions"; " harbor a resentment"
  16. To receive and care for guests.
  17. 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.
  18. To treat with hospitality; to amuse or instruct by conversation; to cherish or harbour in the mind; to please or divert.
  19. Entertainment.
  20. Entertainer.
  21. Entertainly.