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entertain vb. (4 the current mod. meaning of ‘amuse’ does not emerge)
1. to keep up, maintain (a state of things) Meas. III. i. 73, Mer.V. I. i. 90, Lucr. 1514.
2. to take into one's service Gent. II. iv. 105, Ado I. iii. 60 “e-ed for a perfumer,” R3 I. ii. 258, Cæs. V. v. 60.
3. to treat Wiv. II. i. 88, Shr. II. i. 245 “with mildness e-'st thy wooers,” 1H6 I. iv. 38, Lr. I. iv. 63.
4. to engage a person's attention or thoughts Wiv. II. i. 68 “to him with hope,” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 53 “to them sprightly”; to discourse with Tp. IV. i. 75.
5. to occupy, while away (time) Lucr. 1361.
6. to engage (an enemy) H5 I. ii. 111.
7. to receive Err. III. i. 120 “Since mine own doors refuse to me,” AYL. III. ii. 443, R3 I. iv. 136 “there's few or none will it” (viz. conscience), Tim. I. ii. 194 “let the presents Be worthily entertain'”
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