Entertaiment is the act of entertaining; it also refers to agreeable occupation for the mind, diversion, or amusement: a funny play, a thrilling sports match, a satisfying puzzle, a riveting documentary. Entertainment can be pleasurable or cathartic, elevating one’s mood and easing stress levels, or it may be thought-provoking and educational, evoking strong emotions of joy and suspense, or even sadness and fear. It can be shared or solitary, from a concert to a board game to a puzzle to an online multiplayer video game.
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From medieval Latin intertenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to hold or stretch, with a notion of enjoyment or amusement. Related words include entertain, enthral, and entice.