entertain collocations and examples

 UK /ˌentə(r)ˈteɪn/

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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.

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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