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en•ter•tain



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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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