Entertain vs Entertainable - What's the difference?

entertain | entertainable |

As a verb entertain

is to amuse (someone); to engage the attention of agreeably.

As a noun entertain

is (obsolete) ; pleasure.

As an adjective entertainable is

capable of being entertained.




(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 […].






    (en adjective)
  • Capable of being entertained.
  • * {{quote-journal, year=2007, date=November 24, author=Michael V. Antony, title=Are Our Concepts, work=Erkenntnis, doi=10.1007/s10670-007-9061-2, volume=68, issue=2, url=
  • , passage=22 That should strike no one as odd: anyone who has pondered the traditional mind-body problem is familiar with conceiving consciousness in such a way that materialism, dualism, and idealism are all entertainable (albeit not with equal ease).}}