entertains; entertained; entertaining
1 : to have people as guests in your home or in a public place (such as a restaurant)
They like to entertain their friends at their summer home.
Much of his job as a salesman involves entertaining clients.
They enjoy cooking and entertaining. [=hosting dinner parties and other social occasions]
2 a [+ object] : to perform for (an audience) : to provide amusement for (someone) by singing, acting, etc.
Jugglers were on hand to entertain the crowd.
Our father entertained us with stories.
2 b : to provide or be entertainment for (someone)
Our father's stories entertained us.
Our father's stories never failed to entertain. [=his stories were always enjoyable]
3 [+ object] : to have (a thought, idea, etc.) in your mind
She was so unhappy with her job that she entertained thoughts of quitting. [=she thought about quitting]
It now seems possible to entertain hopes [=to hope] that the strike will be settled soon.