entertain (oneself, someone, or something) with (something)

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entertain (oneself, someone, or something) with (something)

To amuse oneself, someone, or something with something. Can you entertain the kids with a movie or something so that I can get some work done? I entertained the puppy with a few rounds of fetch.
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entertain someone with something

to provide something for amusement or refreshment to someone. Will you try to entertain the children with a game or two, please? She entertained herself with the puzzle.
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References in classic literature ?
All the while Cluny entertained us with stories of Prince Charlie's stay in the Cage, giving us the very words of the speakers, and rising from his place to show us where they stood.
He entertained us with a long account of his achievements, which he narrated with such infinite relish, that he actually seemed to lick his lips as he told us racy anecdotes of stolen plate, and of old ladies whom he had watched as they sat at windows in silver spectacles (he had plainly had an eye to their metal even from the other side of the street) and had afterwards robbed.
Marske Fishermen's Choir, above, entertained us with Sea Shanties, songs from the shows and modern numbers; the perfect harmonies and superb solos enthralled us and we were soon joining in and shouting for more.
They kept us regularly updated with information, arranged for us to have refreshments from the caf, and even entertained us with an interactive demonstration of sword fighting
He just entertained us with his voice, though we did sell a few items that were left over from our auction.
Despite a few sound problems at the start, the show soon got into full flow as Aled entertained us with a selection of hymns, anthems and a few operatic ditties too.
Australians--Jenny, Trevor, Bill, and Don--enlightened and entertained us with images of kangaroos, wallabies, and glow worms, possum prowls, and bush cooking.
For nearly six decades he entertained us with a love of show business that was only surpassed by his love of family.
In the 1950s TV sitcoms like I Love Lucy entertained us with the adventures of urban couples and families, but in the '90s hits like Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, and Sex and the City, our city dwellers were 20- to 40-something singles with more careers and canines than children, and the cities they inhabit have far more cafes and coffee bars than kindergartens or school cafeterias.
On the minus side, they haven't entertained us with a single pre-trial motion.
We had vocalist Phil Corrigan, who entertained us with Elvis impersonations and Christmas songs.
She entertained us with funny stories about driving through Los Angeles in her yellow Cadillac with white leather interior, demonstrating her wide one-handed turns to the tune of Curtis Mayfield's hit ``Freddy's Dead.