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entertain (oneself, someone, or something) with

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 entered 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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When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
So that the greatest advantage I derived from the study consisted in this, that, observing many things which, however extravagant and ridiculous to our apprehension, are yet by common consent received and approved by other great nations, I learned to entertain too decided a belief in regard to nothing of the truth of which I had been persuaded merely by example and custom; and thus I gradually extricated myself from many errors powerful enough to darken our natural intelligence, and incapacitate us in great measure from listening to reason.
As to the second supposed advantage, there is still greater reason to entertain doubts concerning it.
Count," said Villefort, "we will not entertain you any longer with our family misfortunes.
consider that a few weeks will at once put an end to every flattering Hope that you may now entertain, by uniting the unfortunate Victim of her father's Cruelty to the execrable and detested Graham.
But with Wingrave's yacht to entertain on, we must do something for a few of the people.
Why does he lend us his yacht to entertain our friends?
In fact, he twice hypnotized the entire audience (reporters alone exempted), making all entertain the most extraordinary illusions.
So here I had to hold up the social end, entertain on board, be entertained ashore by planters, traders, governors, captains of war vessels, kinky-headed cannibal kings, and prime ministers sometimes fortunate enough to be clad in cotton shifts.
Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained--namely, that each species has been independently created--is erroneous.
in Hornsey, Highgate, Brixton, and Camberwell--they cannot but entertain a lively sense of the inestimable benefits which must inevitably result from carrying the speculations of that learned man into a wider field, from extending his travels, and, consequently, enlarging his sphere of observation, to the advancement of knowledge, and the diffusion of learning.
Downtown Crown attracts our perfect customer -- a discerning shopper who loves to entertain in the home.
Germany s national telco Deutsche Telekom has achieved 63,000 new clients for its domestic IPTV platform Entertain in Q2 2014.
NANT Conwy begin their quest to return to the Millennium Stadium this afternoon when they entertain Bethesda in the first round of the Swalec Plate.
Nant are seven points clear of defending champions Caernarfon, who have two games in hand and entertain local rivals Pwllheli.