Definition of regale in English:

regale

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Entertain or amuse (someone) with talk.

    ‘he regaled her with a colorful account of that afternoon's meeting’
    • ‘The guest speaker was Graham Walton, the father of the only girl sextuplets in the world, who proved an entertaining speaker, regaling the audience with anecdotes about life as the only male in a family of seven women.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister had regaled his audience with accounts of upstream and downstream achievements and activity in the energy sector.’
    • ‘Recently Read has also done comedy gigs, regaling audiences with chilling autobiographical tales while assuring nervous listeners he has never hurt a woman, child or innocent person.’
    • ‘The popular, incomparable ‘Mr Clown’ entertained the children, regaling them for hours with a thousand tricks which enthralled the youngsters - and not a few adults as well, it is worth adding!’
    • ‘Jack has been acquitted of manslaughter and delightedly regales his girlfriend Maggie and their neighbours Lynne and Dennis with a disparaging account of the trial.’
    • ‘Authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner make the dismal science a lot less dismal by regaling readers with one counterintuitive economic analysis after another.’
    • ‘Ms Grant, who has previously regaled us with tales of her family's butler and the slaughter of innocent birds and beasts up north, recalled being taken with her sisters to school ‘by a handyman’ who had a motorbike and sidecar.’
    • ‘When he wasn't regaling me with tales of his derring-do at Inchon, Korea in the early 1950s, he waxed lyrical about his oh-so-sexy adventures as a raw recruit at Kapooka in 1949.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was convivial and Harrison continued after the meal to regale his children with amusing stories of the day's experiences, and to discuss newspaper business with William.’
    • ‘Just back from a whirlwind round of parties in Europe, the forever-young and energetic Joanne Davis is regaling friends with tales of the high life including partying at Blenheim Palace.’
    • ‘In the pre-meal drinks session, I regaled them all with a tale of being sent to London in company time to get my first passport in order to fly to Holland the next day and meet a client.’
    • ‘The Friar then busied himself with consoling the unfortunate woman, while Libertine busied himself with complimenting the exotic Gipsy beauty, and regaling her with stories of his wit and bravery.’
    • ‘Hilariously self-deprecating, MacKay takes great pleasure in regaling me with his version of Scotland Today's most embarrassing moment: the night a catalogue of technological problems forced the programme off air.’
    • ‘I will endeavor to stay in touch on a regular basis, and regale you with amusing anecdotes of our experiences to date.’
    • ‘A conversation ensued, during which I regaled her with a no doubt fascinating account of Scotland's achievements in the world.’
    • ‘Lisa and I were treated to an audience with Lorraine's parents, who regaled us with anecdotes about cheating men and the failure of long distance relationships.’
    • ‘During the interview at the Cowboy Arms Hotel, Clement regaled me with enough entertaining stories to fill a book.’
    • ‘At the June meeting of the West Wickham TG, Mr Tom Moss regaled members with an entertaining account of the history of cinemas in SE London and Kent.’
    • ‘I caught up to Dan and walked to class with him, listening as he regaled me with a fascinating account of his weekend.’
    • ‘Ms. Rath here is regaling us with the most delightful anecdotes.’
    entertain, amuse, divert, delight, fascinate, captivate, beguile
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    1. 1.1 Lavishly supply (someone) with food or drink.
      ‘he was regaled with excellent home cooking’
      • ‘A napkin, which lay in front of the diners as they reclined, might serve as a knapsack to take home the little gifts of food or wine with which a host would regale his friends as they departed.’
      supply lavishly, entertain lavishly, entertain sumptuously, ply, wine and dine, fete, feast, cater for, serve, feed
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from French régaler, from re- (expressing intensive force) + Old French gale pleasure.

Pronunciation:

regale

/rəˈɡāl/