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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

How to pronounce entertain?

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How to use entertain in a sentence?

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A sane can’t entertain a woman as his wife/ girlfriend and retain long a job in any organisation as the same man can't kneel down before them & beg apology even for the faults not done by him only.

  2. Janine Barchas:

    I'm willing to entertain a number of ifs before that tips the scales for me, but this [ arsenic theory ] is reckless.

  3. Nancy Daniels:

    I think our core mission is to entertain. It’s a really cluttered environment in cable right now… We think we can connect with our audience with [scripted shows], it’s really about the story lines and appealing [to our viewers].

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Motivational or Inspirational quotes are essentially to enlighten minds by creating awareness than to entertain people by competing with one another as who can say better about Success & Happiness.

  5. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa:

    These unlawful acts are totally unacceptable, doctors who entertain this behaviour will not be spared, i don't want to hear labour rooms are being used for terminating pregnancies.


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