Pronunciation: (en"tur-tān'),[key] —v.t. 1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
2. to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to.
3. to admit into the mind; consider: He never entertained such ideas. 4. to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish: They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge. 5. Archaic.to maintain or keep up.
6. Obs.to give admittance or reception to; receive.
—v.i. to exercise hospitality; entertain company; provide entertainment for guests: They loved to talk, dance, and entertain.