One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he wrote his first stories to entertain his children’
amuse, divert, distract, delight, please, charm, cheer, beguile, interest, fascinate, enthral, engage, involve, occupy, absorb, immerse, engross, preoccupy, hold the attention of
2‘he often entertains foreign visitors at home’
receive, play host to, play hostess to, show hospitality to, invite to a meal, invite to a party, invite, invite over, invite round, ask, ask over, ask round, have, have over, have round, give someone a meal, throw a party for
dine, wine and dine, feast, cater for, serve, feed, treat, welcome, host, fete
3‘I expect you entertain a lot’
receive guests, have guests, play host, play hostess, provide hospitality, have people over, have people round, have company, hold a party, throw a party, keep open house, have a dinner party, have a lunch party
4‘would you entertain the possibility of undertaking such a venture again?’
consider, give consideration to, take into consideration, think about, contemplate, give thought to, bear in mind
countenance, tolerate, brook, suffer, agree to, approve of, support
5‘he entertained the suspicion that he was being swindled’
harbour, nurture, foster, nurse, cherish, hold, have, bear, hold on to, possess, cling to, retain, maintain, brood over, hide, conceal
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