entertain
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entertain(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to amuse)
a. entretener
We hired a magician to entertain the kids at the party.Contratamos a un mago para entretener a los niños en la fiesta.
b. divertir
The clown's jokes entertained the whole family.Los chistes del payaso divirtieron a toda la familia.
2. (to give hospitality to)
a. recibir
We'll entertain a couple of friends next weekend.Recibiremos a un par de amigos el próximo fin de semana.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Do you have plans for today? - Yes, we'll be entertaining five people for lunch.¿Tienen planes para hoy? - Sí, tenemos cinco invitados para comer.
I'm entertaining two important ladies tomorrow, so I need to go shopping.Mañana voy a tener dos invitadas importantes, así que tengo que ir de compras.
3. (to consider)
a. considerar
We entertain all suggestions from our public.Consideramos todas las sugerencias de nuestro público.
b. abrigar
We entertained the hope that the weather would be nicer here.Abrigábamos la esperanza de que el tiempo fuera más agradable acá.
c. albergar
I entertained doubts about the job offer being real.Albergaba dudas de que la oferta de empleo fuera real.
d. contemplar
Have you ever entertained the idea of looking for a new job?¿Has contemplado alguna vez la idea de buscar un nuevo trabajo?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to have guests)
a. recibir
When his wife got elected to be the president of the association, Adam found they had to entertain at home several times a week.Cuando su esposa fue elegida presidenta de la asociación, Adam descubrió que tenían que recibir en casa varias veces por semana.
b. recibir invitados
I remember my parents entertained almost every day.Recuerdo que mis padres recibían invitados casi todos los días.
5. (to provide entertaintment)
a. entretener
These old toys can entertain for hours.Estos juguetes viejos pueden entretener durante horas.
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entertain
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (amuse)
a. entretener, divertir
to entertain gueststener invitados
2. (consider; opinion)
a. considerar
3. (fear, suspicion, hope)
a. albergar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a. recibir (invitados)
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entertain [ˌentəˈteɪn]
transitive verb
1 (amuse) [+audience] divertir; entretener
2 (offer hospitality to) [+guest] recibir
to entertain sb to dinner invitar a algn a cenar
3 (consider) [+idea, hope] abrigar; [+proposal] tomar en consideración; [+doubts] albergar
I wouldn't entertain it for a moment jamás se me ocurriría tal cosa
intransitive verb
1 (amuse) [+book, film, performer] entretener
Children's TV not only entertains but also teaches
2 (have visitors) recibir visitas
they entertain a good deal reciben muchos invitados
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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