AskDefine | Define entertain

Dictionary Definition



1 provide entertainment for
2 take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America" [syn: think of, toy with, flirt with, think about]
3 maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" [syn: harbor, harbour, hold, nurse]

User Contributed Dictionary



entre, among + tenir, to hold


  • (UK) /ˌɛntəˈteɪn/, /%Ent@"teIn/
  • (US) /ˌɛntɚˈteɪn/, /%Ent@`"teIn/
    Rhymes: -eɪn


  1. To amuse someone (usually by professional entertainers).
    The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
  2. To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
    They enjoy entertaining a lot.
  3. To have a thought in mind.
    The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures


See also

Extensive Definition

See also Entertainment (disambiguation) and The Entertainer (disambiguation)
Entertainment is an activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience. This audience may participate in the entertainment passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games.
The playing of sports and reading of literature are usually included in entertainment, but these are often called recreation, because they involve some active participation beyond mere leisure
The industry that provides entertainment is called the entertainment industry.

Examples of entertainment


Animation provides moving images that are generated by an artist, in contrast to the live action normally used in motion pictures. It is typically accompanied by a sound track consisting of recordings of live actors. Animation is often used in computer-based forms of entertainment.
Cartoons are a comedic form of animation. Anime or TV manga refers to animation originating from Japan in the Occidental use of the word. In Japan the word refers to all animation. It may contain adult themes and futuristic locations.


Cinema provides moving pictures as an art form. Cinema may also be called films or movies. A film produces an illusion of motion by presenting a series of individual image frames in rapid succession. Films are produced by a crew that handle the cameras, sets and lighting. The cast consists of actors who appear in front of the camera and follow a script. After the film has been shot, it is edited then distributed to theaters or television studios for viewing.


Theatre encompasses live performance such as plays, musicals, farces, monologues and pantomimes.


Circus acts include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, trapeze acts, hula hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists.
circuses are a great place for families :)


Comedy provides laughter and amusement. The audience is taken by surprise, by the parody or satire of an unexpected effect or an opposite expectations of their cultural beliefs. Slapstick film, one-liner joke, observational humor are forms of comedy which have developed since the early days of jesters and traveling minstrels.


Comics comprise of text and drawings which convey an entertaining narrative. Several famous comics revolve around super heroes such as Superman, Batman. Marvel Comics and DC Comics are two publishers of comic books. Manga is the Japanese word for comic and print cartoons.
Caricature is a graphical entertainment. The purpose may vary from merely putting smile on the viewers face, to raising social awareness, to highlighting the moral vices of a person being caricaturised.


Dance refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance includes ballet, cancan, charleston, Highland fling, folk dance, sun dance, modern dance, polka and many more.


Reading comprises the interpretation of written symbols. An author, poet or playwright sets out a composition for publication to provide education or diversion for the reader. The format includes paperback or hard cover books, magazines, periodicals, puzzle books, crossword magazines and coloring books. Fantasy, horror, science fiction and mystery are forms of reading entertainment.


Games provides relaxation and diversion usually following a rule set. Games may be played by one person for their own entertainment, or by a group games. Games may be played for achievement or monetary benefit such as gambling or bingo. Racing, chess or checkers may develop physical or mental prowess. Games may be geared for children, or may be played outdoors such as lawn bowling. Equipment may be necessary to play the game such as a deck of cards for card games, or a board and markers for board games such as Monopoly, or backgammon. A few may be ball games, Blind man's bluff, board games, card games, children's games, Croquet, Frisbee, Hide and seek, Number games, Paintball, and Video games to name a few.


Music is an art form combining rhythm, melody, harmony and/or vocals for entertainment, ceremonial or religious purposes.

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entertain in Amharic: መዝናኛ
entertain in Welsh: Adloniant
entertain in Danish: Underholdning
entertain in Spanish: Entretenimiento
entertain in Esperanto: Ŝatokupo
entertain in Faroese: Undirhald
entertain in French: Divertissement
entertain in Hindi: मनोरंजन
entertain in Korean: 엔터테인먼트
entertain in Indonesian: Hiburan
entertain in Icelandic: Skemmtun
entertain in Italian: Intrattenimento
entertain in Hebrew: בידור
entertain in Malayalam: വിനോദം
entertain in Malay (macrolanguage): Hiburan
entertain in Dutch: Amusement
entertain in Japanese: エンターテイメント
entertain in Portuguese: Entretenimento
entertain in Albanian: Argëtimi
entertain in Slovenian: Zabava
entertain in Serbian: Забава
entertain in Finnish: Viihde
entertain in Swedish: Underhållning
entertain in Tagalog: Libangan
entertain in Thai: การบันเทิง

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodate, admit, allow, amuse, amusement, bear, beguile, bestow, billet, board, bosom, cater to, cherish, cling to, clip, consider, contemplate, convulse, cultivate, delight, disport, dissipation, distraction, diversion, divert, divertissement, do the honors, domicile, embosom, embrace, enjoyment, enliven, entertain guests, entertainment, exhilarate, feed, fondle, foster, fracture one, gaiety, give a party, gladden, gratify, guest, harbor, have, have and hold, hold, hold on to, host, house, hug, inquire into, invite, keep, kill, knock dead, lodge, loosen up, maintain, nourish, nurse, nurture, occupy, play, please, pleasure, preside, put up, quarter, raise a laugh, raise a smile, receive, recreate, recreation, refresh, regale, rejoice, relax, relaxation, relief, room, see about, slay, sleep upon, solace, sport, support, sustain, take under advisement, take under consideration, think it over, throw a party, tickle, titillate, tolerate, treasure, treasure up, treat, wow
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