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1    to provide amusement for (a person or audience)  
2    to show hospitality to (guests)  
3    tr   to hold in the mind  
to entertain an idea     
     (C15: from Old French entretenir, from entre- mutually + tenir to hold, from Latin tenere)  
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1    amuse, charm, cheer, delight, divert, occupy, please, recreate     (rare)   regale  
2    accommodate, be host to, harbour, have company, have guests or visitors, lodge, put up, show hospitality to, treat  
3    cherish, cogitate on, conceive, consider, contemplate, foster, harbour, hold, imagine, keep in mind, maintain, muse over, ponder, support, think about, think over  

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