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Entertainment vs. Entertain

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Entertainmentnoun

An activity designed to give pleasure, enjoyment, diversion, amusement, or relaxation to an audience, no matter whether the audience participates passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games.

Entertainverb

(transitive) To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.

‘to entertain friends with lively conversation’; ‘The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.’;

Entertainmentnoun

A show put on for the enjoyment or amusement of others.

Entertainverb

To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.

‘They enjoy entertaining a lot.’;

Entertainmentnoun

(obsolete) Maintenance or support.

Entertainverb

(transitive) To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.

‘The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.’; ‘to entertain a proposal’;

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Entertainmentnoun

(obsolete) Admission into service; service.

Entertainverb

(obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.

Entertainmentnoun

(obsolete) Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.

Entertainverb

(obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.

Entertainmentnoun

(obsolete) Reception; (provision of) food to guests or travellers.

Entertainverb

(obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.

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Entertainmentnoun

The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.

‘The entertainment of Christ by faith.’; ‘The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel.’;

Entertainnoun

(obsolete) Entertainment; pleasure.

Entertainmentnoun

That which entertains, or with which one is entertained;

‘Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement.’;

Entertainnoun

(obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.

Entertainmentnoun

Admission into service; service.

‘Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment.’;

Entertainverb

To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.

‘You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.’;

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Entertainmentnoun

Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.

‘The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence.’;

Entertainverb

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.’;

Entertainmentnoun

a diversion that holds the attention

Entertainverb

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.’;

Entertainment

Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention.

Entertainverb

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.’; ‘A rumor gained ground, - and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.’;

Entertainverb

To meet or encounter, as an enemy.

Entertainverb

To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.

Entertainverb

To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.

‘To baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services institutions of the holy Jesus.’;

Entertainverb

To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.

Entertainnoun

Entertainment.

Entertainverb

provide entertainment for

Entertainverb

take into consideration, have in view;

‘He entertained the notion of moving to South America’;

Entertainverb

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);

‘bear a grudge’; ‘entertain interesting notions’; ‘harbor a resentment’;

Entertainverb

provide (someone) with amusement or enjoyment

‘a tremendous game that thoroughly entertained the crowd’;

Entertainverb

receive (someone) as a guest and provide them with food and drink

‘Sunday lunchtime is the best time to entertain’; ‘a private dining room where members could entertain groups of friends’;

Entertainverb

give attention or consideration to (an idea or feeling)

‘Washington entertained little hope of an early improvement in relations’;

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