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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Entertain  \En`ter*tain"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Entertained};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Entertaining}.]  [F.  entretenir  entre  between 
  (L.  inter)  +  tenir  to  hold  L.  tenere.  See  {Tenable}.] 
  1.  To  be  at  the  charges  of  to  take  or  keep  in  one's  service; 
  to  maintain;  to  support;  to  harbor;  to  keep 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Entertain  \En`ter*tain"\,  v.  i. 
  To  receive,  or  provide  entertainment  for  guests;  as  he 
  entertains  generously. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Entertain  \En`ter*tain"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  entretien  fr  entretenir.] 
  Entertainment.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  entertain 
  v  1:  provide  entertainment  for 
  2:  take  into  consideration,  have  in  view;  "He  entertained  the 
  notion  of  moving  to  South  America"  [syn:  {think  of},  {turn 
  to},  {toy  with},  {flirt  with},  {think  about}] 
  3:  maintain;  as  of  a  theory,  thoughts,  or  feelings;  "bear  a 
  grudge";  "hold  a  grudge"  [syn:  {harbor},  {harbour},  {hold}, 
  {nurse}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Entertain 
  Entertainments,  "feasts,"  were  sometimes  connected  with  a  public 
  festival  (Deut.  16:11,  14),  and  accompanied  by  offerings  (1  Sam. 
  9:13),  in  token  of  alliances  (Gen.  26:30);  sometimes  in 
  connection  with  domestic  or  social  events,  as  at  the  weaning  of 
  children  (Gen.  21:8),  at  weddings  (Gen.  29:22;  John  2:1),  on 
  birth-days  (Matt.  14:6),  at  the  time  of  sheep-shearing  (2  Sam. 
  13:23),  and  of  vintage  (Judg.  9:27),  and  at  funerals  (2  Sam. 
  3:35;  Jer.  16:7). 
 
  The  guests  were  invited  by  servants  (Prov.  9:3;  Matt.  22:3), 
  who  assigned  them  their  respective  places  (1  Sam.  9:22;  Luke 
  14:8;  Mark  12:39).  Like  portions  were  sent  by  the  master  to  each 
  guest  (1  Sam.  1:4;  2  Sam.  6:19),  except  when  special  honour  was 
  intended,  when  the  portion  was  increased  (Gen.  43:34). 
 
  The  Israelites  were  forbidden  to  attend  heathenish  sacrificial 
  entertainments  (Ex.  34:15),  because  these  were  in  honour  of 
  false  gods,  and  because  at  such  feast  they  would  be  liable  to 
  partake  of  unclean  flesh  (1  Cor.  10:28). 
 
  In  the  entertainments  common  in  apostolic  times  among  the 
  Gentiles  were  frequent  "revellings,"  against  which  Christians 
  were  warned  (Rom.  13:13;  Gal.  5:21;  1  Pet.  4:3).  (See  {BANQUET}.) 
 




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