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entertain (v.)

15世纪晚期, “保持, 维持, 使(某人) 保持一定的心态”, 来自古法语 entretenir “抱在一起, 粘在一起, 支持” (12世纪), 来自 entre- “其中” (来自拉丁文 inter; 见 inter-) + tenir “持有” (来自拉丁文 tenere, 来自PIE根 *ten- “伸展” ).

“有客人” 的意思是15世纪末; “满足, 娱乐” 的意思是1620年代. 意思是“允许(某事) 考虑, 纳入头脑” (意见, 观念等) 是1610年代. 相关链接: Entertained; entertaining.

Origin and meaning of entertain

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Definitions of entertain from WordNet

entertain (v.)
provide entertainment for;
entertain (v.)
take into consideration, have in view;
He entertained the notion of moving to South America
Synonyms: think of / toy with / flirt with / think about
entertain (v.)
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);
entertain interesting notions
Synonyms: harbor / harbour / hold / nurse
From wordnet.princeton.edu