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.
It looked really good in the first half, and Declan Glass entertained us with some driving runs.
Hatina Tapatapa also praised Andy, adding: "You inspired so many youngsters, you entertained us with brilliant tennis, made everyone proud and put Scotland in the spotlight."
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.
We loved him when he entertained us with his incredible ability behind the cue ball and we forgave him when he fell by the wayside.
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!
"She simultaneously entertained us with her wit and put a mirror up to the nation during the election and made us think about what was going on," the New York Daily News quoted Scott Shive, assistant features editor at the Lexington Herald-Leader, as saying.
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.
Toni Felini regularly entertained us with his versatile singing.
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.