entertain verb

1 invite sb to eat/drink with you

ADV. lavishly The Bradfords always entertained lavishly at Christmas.

PREP. to They entertained us to lunch in their new house.

2 interest/amuse sb

ADV. thoroughly Everyone was thoroughly entertained.

PREP. with She entertained us with stories of her travels.

PHRASES keep sb entertained We hired a magician to keep the children entertained.

3 think about an idea/hope/feeling

ADV. seriously I am amazed that such a crackpot scheme could be seriously entertained. | briefly briefly entertaining hopes that he might keep the affair a secret

VERB + ENTERTAIN be prepared to, be willing to She would make no promises, but was prepared to entertain the idea. | refuse to