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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENTERTAINING

The wine account—there is one, but it ought to be Mrs. Whitney's; for entertaining.

I find the study of electricity so entertaining that I am apt to neglect my other work.'

I have very strong reasons indeed, for entertaining that wish.

Naturally he will be asked about everywhere, and there'll be loads of entertaining to do in return.

Their manner of entertaining their guests is familiar and kind.

You know that Monsieur Garconnet is entertaining the colonel and the prefect.

Very pleasant and entertaining was the time we spent together that night.

It is an entertaining book, and by no means an unprofitable one.

That is right, but I don't often have the pleasure of entertaining guests from God's Voice.

He had treated me almost like a son, had introduced me to his family, entertaining me at his table.

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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