Entertaiment is a word that encompasses a variety of activities and objects ranging from an individual’s choice of private entertainment, such as reading the daily crossword puzzle, to performances intended for thousands. In some instances, what appears to be entertainment may also serve a purpose of edification or intellectual growth. The word entertain is most often associated with pleasure, diversion, and amusement, although many of the familiar forms of entertainment are rooted in serious intention and aesthetic effect. Related words include enter, penetrate, pierce, probe.

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