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It was fortunate that, in this case, no fears could be entertained.

How came she to talk with him, to allow herself to be entertained by him?

Mrs Verloc entertained no vain delusions on the subject of the dead.

It was on his account that we were tolerated, nay, even advised and helped and entertained.

Still, it was strange how great a respect for his feelings they entertained.

Having arrived, they were entertained at a great feast, in the castle hall.

Once having been entertained as possible, it could never be banished from her mind.

They were confused, unwelcome thoughts, but she entertained them valiantly.

Why, it's the first time we've—we've entertained in I don't know how long!

Thou, Lovelace, hast been long the entertainer; I the entertained.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ENTERTAINED

amused

adjectivepleasantly occupied
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.