Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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En`ter*tain" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Entertained (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Entertaining.] [F. entretenir; entre between (L. inter) + tenir to hold, L. tenere. See Tenable.]
1. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
2. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained unawares.
Heb. xiii. 2.
3. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
The weary time she can not entertain.
4. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
A rumor gained ground, -- and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
5. To meet or encounter, as an enemy. [Obs.]
6. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments.
7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce. [Obs.]
To baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services institutions of the holy Jesus.
Syn. -- To amuse; divert; maintain. See Amuse.
En`ter*tain" (?), v. i. To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
En`ter*tain", n. [Cf. F. entretien, fr. entretenir.] Entertainment. [Obs.]