entretener
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entretener(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to provide entertainment for)
a. to entertain
El niño entretuvo a su gato con un listón y un láser.The boy entertained his cat with a ribbon and a laser.
El cómico entretuvo al público con sus chistes.The comedian entertained the audience with his jokes.
b. to amuse
El payaso no entretuvo a los niños, estaban más bien asustados.The clown didn't amuse the children; they were actually scared.
c. to keep entertained
Pasa el tiempo pero las películas de Chaplin siempre nos entretienen.Time passes but Chaplin movies always keep us entertained.
2. (to divert attention from)
a. to distract
Uno de los ladrones entretenía a la mujer mientras el otro le robaba el bolso.One of the thieves distracted the woman while the other stole her purse.
3. (to pass in a pleasant way)
a. to while away
Iba a ser un vuelo largo, así que me compré un libro para entretener el viaje.It was going to be a long flight, so I bought a book to while away the journey.
4. (to prevent from leaving)
a. to keep
Lorenzo llegó tarde porque un cliente lo entretuvo en la tienda hasta las 7 pm.Lorenzo was late because a customer kept him at the store until 7 pm.
b. to detain
Disculpe la demora; no quiero entretenerlo más.I'm sorry for the delay; I don't want to detain you any longer.
5. (to maintain)
a. to entertain
El abuelo fue muy valiente, entretuvo su esperanza de curación hasta el final.Grandpa was very brave; he entertained his hope for a cure until the very end.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to provide entertainment)
a. to provide entertainment
Con tanta tecnología, creo que esos juegos viejos ya no entretienen.With so much technology, those old games no longer provide entertainment.
entretenerse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
7. (to get entertainment)
a. to amuse oneself
Vamos a pasar el día al parque de atracciones para entretenernos.We're going to spend the day at the theme park to amuse ourselves.
b. to keep oneself entertained
En los días de calor, los niños se entretienen jugando en la piscina.On hot days, the children keep themselves entertained playing in the swimming pool.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to be late)
a. to hang about
Ve al supermercado a comprar huevos y no te entretengas con tus amigos porque los necesito urgentemente.Go to the supermarket to buy some eggs, and don't hang about with your friends because I need them urgently.
b. to be held up
Me entretuve tratando de salir de la carretera porque había habido un accidente.I was held up trying to leave the highway because there had been an accident.
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entretener
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (despistar)
a. to distract
2. (retrasar)
a. to hold up, to keep
3. (divertir)
a. to entertain
4. (mantener)
a. to keep alive, to sustain
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (despistarse)
a. to get distracted
6. (retrasarse)
a. to be held up
7. (divertirse)
a. to amuse oneself
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entretener
transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
la tele entretiene mucho TV is very entertaining
pronominal verb
entretenerse
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
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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