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to entertain

"entretener" can be a verb. You can see the conjugations below.

transitive verb
1. to distract (despistar)
2. to hold up, to keep (retrasar)
3. to entertain (divertir)
4. to keep alive, to sustain (mantener)
pronomial verb
1. to get distracted (despistarse)
2. to be held up (retrasarse)
3. to amuse oneself (divertirse)

entretener [en-tray-tay-nerr’]
article & verb transitive
1. To feed or to keep in hope or expectation.
2. To allay pain, to make less troublesome.
3. To amuse (distraer), to entertain (divertir).
4. To delay (demorar), to put off, to postpone (aplazar).
  • Nos entretuvo en conversación -> he engaged us in conversation
verb reflexive
5. To amuse oneself.

1 (divertir) to entertain; amuse
nos entretuvo con sus chistes mientras esperábamos he kept us entertained o amused with his jokes while we were waiting; hacer punto la entretiene she amuses herself by knitting
2 (retener) to keep; detain (formal)
pues no le entretengo más then I won't keep o (formal) detain you any longer; una vecina me entretuvo hablando en las escaleras a neighbour kept me talking on the stairs
3 (distraer)
entretener a algn to distract sb's attention; uno de los ladrones entretuvo a la dependienta one of the thieves distracted the shop assistant's attention; entretener algo: entretuvieron la espera leyendo they whiled away the time by reading; me tomé una tapa para entretener el hambre I had a snack to take the edge off my hunger
4 (dar largas a)
me está entreteniendo con mentiras para no pagarme he's putting me off with lies so as not to pay me
entretener a los acreedores
5 (mantener) [+ilusiones] to nourish; [+fuego] to maintain
la tele entretiene mucho TV is very entertaining
1 (divertirse) to amuse o.s.
se entretenían contando historias they amused themselves by telling stories; they kept themselves amused by telling stories
2 (tardar) to hang about
¡no te entretengas! don't hang about!
no os entretengáis jugando

Verb Conjugations for "entretener" (go to to entertain)


yo entretengo entretuve entretenía entretendría entretendré
entretienes entretuviste entretenías entretendrías entretendrás
él/ella/Ud. entretiene entretuvo entretenía entretendría entretendrá
nosotros entretenemos entretuvimos entreteníamos entretendríamos entretendremos
vosotros entretenéis entretuvisteis entreteníais entretendríais entretendréis
ellos/ellas/Uds. entretienen entretuvieron entretenían entretendrían entretendrán
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