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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 .

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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
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