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Synonyms for entertain
ˌɛn tərˈteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entertain(verb)

    provide entertainment for

    Synonyms:
    flirt with, think about, nurse, harbour, toy with, hold, think of, harbor

  2. entertain, think of, toy with, flirt with, think about(verb)

    take into consideration, have in view

    "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"

    Synonyms:
    dream up, mean, harbour, concoct, think about, repute, esteem, hold, hatch, remember, think up, harbor, have in mind, regard as, flirt with, look on, toy with, nurse, look upon, think of, take to be

  3. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, book, retain, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, defend, take hold, bind, suck, deem, hold up, toy with, arrest, breastfeed, take, have, concord, think about, check, make, take for, go for, throw, defy, control, harbor, keep, suckle, obligate, carry, give, adjudge, nurse, oblige, curb, hold, lactate, confine, have got, restrain, wet-nurse, withstand, agree, hold in, flirt with, halt, contain, think of, concur, maintain, guard, shield, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, obtain, declare, give suck, bear

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. entertain

    To entertain, in the sense here considered, is to engage and pleasantly occupy the attention; to amuse is to occupy the attention in an especially bright and cheerful way, often with that which excites merriment or laughter; as, he entertained us with an amusing story. To divert is to turn from serious thoughts or laborious pursuits to something that lightly and agreeably occupies the mind; one may be entertained or amused who has nothing serious or laborious from which to be diverted. To recreate, literally to re-create, is to engage mind or body in some pleasing activity that restores strength and energy for serious work. To beguile is, as it were, to cheat into cheer and comfort by something that insensibly draws thought or feeling away from pain or disquiet. We beguile a weary hour, cheer the despondent, divert the preoccupied, enliven a dull evening or company, gratify our friends' wishes, entertain, interest, please a listening audience, occupy idle time, disport ourselves when merry, recreate when worn with toil; we amuse ourselves or others with whatever pleasantly passes the time without special exertion, each according to his taste.

    Synonyms:
    amuse, beguile, cheer, delight, disport, divert, enliven, gratify, interest, occupy, please, recreate

    Antonyms:
    annoy, bore, busy, disquiet, distract, disturb, tire, weary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. entertain

    Synonyms:
    harbor, maintain, conceive, foster, receive, recreate, amuse

    Antonyms:
    eject, exclude, deny, debar, annoy, weary, bore, tire

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. entertain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    lodge, treat hospitably, show hospitality to, receive as a guest

  2. entertain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    feed, maintain, support

  3. entertain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    hold, cherish, harbor

  4. entertain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    take into consideration

  5. entertain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    divert, amuse, please

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. entertain(v)

    Synonyms:
    divert, amuse, please, junket, beguile, cheer, harbor, hold, lodge

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "entertain":

    amuse, distract, entertaining, hear

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How to use entertain in a sentence?

  1. John Selden:

    Patience is the chiefest fruit of study; a man that strives to make himself different from other men by much reading gains this chiefest good, that in all fortunes he hath something to entertain and comfort himself withal.

  2. Alexander Hamilton:

    The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasonings, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice. Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.

  3. Michael Lang:

    We've lined up artists who won't just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation, our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.

  4. Greg Peters:

    We're excited — massively excited, I would say — about the potential in Southeast Asia, there's literally hundreds and hundreds of millions of people that we're still trying to find a great way to connect with and entertain.

  5. Brigham Young:

    Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?

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