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A non-loving Universal Thought was too monstrous a concept to entertain.

It is doubtful if it was mentally prepared to entertain it, or evolve the idea.

One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

My Governor, I am sure, will always be proud to entertain one whom I so much esteem.

After being here scarcely a week, I begin to entertain the same opinion.

I think it's fun, getting ready to entertain a little again, like this.

Then we prevailed upon him to entertain us with other songs.

That is out of the question; I have already ceased to entertain the idea.

Mrs Wilson could not be expected to entertain me to that extent.

If, to do that, she must entertain the woman, well and good.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "to keep up, maintain, to keep (someone) in a certain frame of mind," from Middle French entretenir (12c.), from Old French entretenir "hold together, stick together, support," from entre- "among" (from Latin inter; see inter-) + tenir "to hold" (from Latin tenere; see tenet).

Sense of "have a guest" is late 15c.; that of "amuse" is 1620s. Meaning "to allow (something) to consideration" (of opinions, notions, etc.) is 1610s. Related: Entertained; entertaining.

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