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Pastime vs Entertain - What's the difference?

pastime | entertain |

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

is that pastime is (obsolete) to sport; to amuse oneself while entertain is (obsolete) reception of a guest; welcome.

As nouns the difference between pastime and entertain

is that pastime is that which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games while entertain is (obsolete) ; pleasure.

As verbs the difference between pastime and entertain

is that pastime is (obsolete) to sport; to amuse oneself while entertain is to amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.

pastime

Noun

(en noun)
  • That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; games.
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  • *:An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
  • Synonyms

    * amusement * diversion * hobby * sport

    Verb

  • (obsolete) to sport; to amuse oneself
  • Derived terms

    * pastimer * pastiming

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    entertain

    English

    Verb

    (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

    Noun

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  • (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 […].

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