entertain collocations and examples

 UK /ˌentə(r)ˈteɪn/

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1

to provide an enjoyable experience for someone


Adverbs frequently used with entertain
generously: handsomely, hospitably, lavishly, royally, splendidly, sumptuouslyWe were royally entertained by our hosts who had laid on a splendid buffet supper.

Usage note

Entertain is usually passive in these combinations.

very much: certainly, highly, hugely, thoroughly, wellI didn’t know what to expect from the show but was thoroughly entertained all the way though.

Usage note

Entertain is usually passive in these combinations.


Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with entertain
be informative: challenge, edify, educate, enlighten, inform, inspire, instruct, motivate, stimulateThe magazine’s remit is to entertain and educate.be fun or surprising: amaze, amuse, captivate, delight, engage, engross, enthral, excite, fascinate, surprise, thrillTown centre shoppers will be entertained and amused by street performers.
2

to consider an idea or feeling


Nouns frequently used as the object of entertain
doubt, hope, idea, illusion, notion, possibility, suspicion, thoughtEven at 30, I still entertain notions of playing for Scotland at football.
 
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