The act of entertaining; agreeable occupation of the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving a crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many. Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement: an elaborate ball. A show given for the entertainment of a public: Shakespeare. The etymology of entertain is from medieval Latin inter tenere, the prefix inter meaning “inside,” and the suffix tenere, referring to holding inside or stretching. It is interesting to note that entertainment often hits on the social backstabbing and murder themes that our brains were evolved to deeply react to and understand in our complex world. See also:
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