entertain an idea

entertain an idea
be of the opinion, contemplate the possibility, consider a notion

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  • entertain — [ent΄ər tān′] vt. [ME entretinen < OFr entretenir, to maintain, hold together < entre (L inter), between + tenir < L tenere, to hold: see THIN] 1. Archaic to keep up; maintain 2. to hold the interest of and give pleasure to; divert;… …   English World dictionary

  • entertain — verb 1 invite sb to eat/drink with you ADVERB ▪ lavishly ▪ The Bradfords always entertained lavishly at Christmas. PREPOSITION ▪ to (BrE) ▪ They entertained us to lunch in their new house …   Collocations dictionary

  • entertain — en|ter|tain [ˌentəˈteın US tər ] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: entretenir to hold together, support , from tenir to hold ] 1.) [I and T] to amuse or interest people in a way that gives them pleasure entertain sb with sth ▪ She… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • entertain — [[t]e̱ntə(r)te͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ entertains, entertaining, entertained 1) VERB If a performer, performance, or activity entertains you, it amuses you, interests you, or gives you pleasure. [V n] ...games and ideas to entertain children... [V n] They… …   English dictionary

  • idea — noun 1 PLAN/SUGGESTION (C) a plan or suggestion for a possible course of action, especially one that you think of suddenly (+ for): What gave you the idea for the book? (+ of): What do you think about John s idea of recruiting two new people? |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • entertain — verb 1 (I, T) to invite people to your home for a meal or party or take your company s customers to have a meal, drinks etc: The restaurant is mainly used by executives entertaining clients. 2 (T) to do something that amuses or interests people:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • idea — n. 1) to get, hit upon an idea 2) to develop; entertain, toy with an idea 3) to communicate, disseminate ideas; to market, package an idea 4) to implement an idea 5) to endorse, favor an idea 6) to dismiss, reject an idea 7) a bright, brilliant,… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • idea — noun 1 plan/suggestion ADJECTIVE ▪ bright, brilliant, clever, excellent, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, nice, wonderful ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • entertain */*/ — UK [ˌentə(r)ˈteɪn] / US [ˌentərˈteɪn] verb Word forms entertain : present tense I/you/we/they entertain he/she/it entertains present participle entertaining past tense entertained past participle entertained 1) a) [transitive] to give a… …   English dictionary

  • entertain — verb 1) she wrote plays to entertain them Syn: amuse, divert, delight, please, charm, cheer, interest; informal bring the house down; engage, occupy, absorb, engross Ant: bore 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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