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entertain (v.)

late 15c., "to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind," from Old French entretenir "hold together, stick together, support" (12c.), from entre- "among" (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir "to hold" (from Latin tenere, from PIE root *ten- "to stretch").

Sense of "have a guest" is late 15c.; that of "gratify, amuse" is 1620s. Meaning "to allow (something) to consideration, take into the mind" (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: 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