entertain

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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.
See also: entertain
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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.
See also: entertain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
Why does he lend us his yacht to entertain our friends?
Each generation entertains differently, according to Tom Mirabile, senior vice president, global trend and design, at Lifetime Brands, and so it's important to know your audience and determine "who you want to speak to" and in what way.
The Mystery Of The Ancient Pyramid is a very well crafted 128-page mystery which entertains and teaches young readers effortlessly, as do the other exciting Carole Marsh mysteries including The Mystery At Big Ben; The Mystery At The Eiffel Tower; and The Mystery At The Roman Colosseum.
Choosing his examples and anecdotes with amazing aptitude, he entertains librarians and library aficionados with stories of libraries and collections and the destruction of both in ancient and modern times and in the time between.
Cleage's third novel sets the standard for fiction that not only entertains but raises important issues relevant in the real world.
At 2 1/2 hours the best thing about Boogie Nights is that it always entertains and that the narrative--loaded down as it is with some clunky ideas about dysfunctional extended families--has more raw drive than a dozen Mike Leigh films.
Not "pro or anti," Shakespeare wrote generously, making the plays almost all things to almost all people:" 'always' isn't one of his words"; concepts to him are like "oil and water"; "abstractions aren't part of his purview"; "-isms are what he isn't capable of, or rather he entertains them all."
and a buzz, buzz, buzz, Norfolk's persona erupts from your sound system and entertains the listener with tales from Africa, Eastern Europe, Appalachia, and Ireland.
In one particularly funny moment at the beginning of the book, the protagonist entertains the locals with a violin piece by the forbidden Mozart, because Luo convinces the audience the piece is entitled Mozart is Thinking of Chairman Mao.