Entertain vs Counter - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between entertain and counter

is that entertain is (obsolete) reception of a guest; welcome while counter is (obsolete) an encounter.

As verbs the difference between entertain and counter

is that entertain is to amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably while counter is to contradict, oppose.

As nouns the difference between entertain and counter

is that entertain is (obsolete) ; pleasure while counter is an object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc or counter can be (nautical) the overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline or counter can be (obsolete) an encounter.

As an adverb counter is

contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction or counter can be in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.

As an adjective counter is

contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.




(en verb)
  • To amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.
  • to entertain friends with lively conversation
    The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To have someone over at one's home for a party or visit.
  • They enjoy entertaining a lot.
  • * Bible, Heb. xiii. 2
  • Be not forgetful to entertain strangers
  • To receive and take into consideration; to have a thought in mind.
  • The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
    to entertain a proposal
  • * De Quincey
  • I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
  • * Hawthorne
  • A rumour gained ground, — and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
  • (obsolete) To take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbour; to keep.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
  • (obsolete) To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • to baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services and institutions of the holy Jesus

    Derived terms

    * entertainer * entertaining * entertainment


  • (obsolete) ; pleasure.
  • (obsolete) Reception of a guest; welcome.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.8:
  • But neede, that answers not to all requests, / Bad them not looke for better entertayne […].





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m) (French (m)), from .


    (en noun)
  • An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
  • * He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his counter forward six spaces.
  • (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  • A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
  • * He put his money on the counter , and the shopkeeper put it in the till.
  • One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
  • * He's only 16 months, but is already a good counter - he can count to 100.
  • A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  • (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  • (grammar) A class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
  • (wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
  • * Always know a counter to any hold you try against your opponent.
  • (computing, programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
  • (computing, Internet) A hit counter.
  • Derived terms
    * bean counter * counter batten * countertop * hit counter * over the counter * program counter * rivet counter

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) contre, (etyl) cuntre, both from (etyl) contra.


  • Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
  • * Running counter to all the rules of virtue. -Locks .
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline.
  • (by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (above the heel of the shoe/boot).
  • * 1959 , , Seymour: An Introduction :
  • Seymour, sitting in an old corduroy armchair across the room, a cigarette going, wearing a blue shirt, gray slacks, moccasins with the counters broken down, a shaving cut on the side of his face [...].

    Etymology 3

    From counter- .


    (en verb)
  • To contradict, oppose.
  • (boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
  • * His left hand countered provokingly. - C. Kingsley
  • To take action in response to; to respond.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-14
  • , author=Simon Jenkins, authorlink=Simon Jenkins , title=We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys , volume=188, issue=2, page=23 , date=2012-12-21 , magazine= citation , passage=David Cameron insists that his latest communications data bill is “vital to counter terrorism”. Yet terror is mayhem. It is no threat to freedom. That threat is from counter-terror, from ministers capitulating to securocrats.}}


  • Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.
  • His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle.
    Derived terms
    * counter agent * counter fugue * counter current * counter revolution * counter poison : See also:


  • In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
  • * John Locke
  • running counter to all the rules of virtue
  • In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.
  • a hound that runs counter
  • * Shakespeare
  • This is counter , you false Danish dogs!
  • At or against the front or face.
  • * Sandys
  • which [darts] they never throw counter , but at the back of the flier


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An encounter.
  • * Spenser
  • with kindly counter under mimic shade
  • (nautical) The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  • (music) Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to countertenor.
  • The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  • The back leather or heel part of a boot.
  • Anagrams

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