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English verb: entertain

1. entertain (social) provide entertainment for

ExamplesSam cannot entertain Sue , The performance is likely to entertain Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)socialise, socialize

Narrower (hyponym)amuse, disport, divert, host

2. entertain (cognition) take into consideration, have in view

SamplesHe entertained the notion of moving to South America.

Synonymsflirt with, think about, think of, toy with

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)contemplate

3. entertain (emotion) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

SamplesBear a grudge.
Entertain interesting notions.
Harbor a resentment.

Synonymsharbor, harbour, hold, nurse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

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