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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. receive, welcome; amuse, divert, regale; harbor, shelter, cherish; maintain, keep up; consider, dwell upon, heed. See attention, thought, amusement.
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(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To keep amused]
Syn. amuse, divert, cheer, please, interest, enliven, delight, beguile, regale, engross, occupy, enthrall, charm, captivate, recreate, inspire, inspirit, stimulate, exhilarate, gratify, satisfy, humor, distract, indulge, solace, relax, make merry, disport, comfort, put in good humor, elate, gladden, tickle.
Ant. tire, bore*, weary, depress.
2. [To act as host or hostess]
Syn. receive, invite, treat, regale, recreate, gratify, feed, wine and dine, host, chaperon, give a party, have people over, have company, be at home, keep open house, do the honors, welcome, give a warm reception, make welcome, show hospitality to, receive with open arms, roll out the red carpet, kill the fatted calf, throw a party*.
Ant. neglect, ignore, banish.
3. [To consider]
Syn. contemplate, have in mind, harbor, cherish; see consider 1 , 3 , think 1 .
See Synonym Study at amuse .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. amuse interest, divert, engross, engage, absorb, rivet, beguile, *wow, pique, stimulate, enthrall.
2. to show hospitality to receive, host, accommodate, *wine and dine, feed, treat, regale, fete, have guests, give a party.
3. consider think about, ponder, contemplate, muse over, deliberate, mind, weigh, heed.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To occupy in an agreeable or pleasing way: amuse, divert, recreate, regale. See EXCITE. 2. To receive (an idea) and take it into consideration: consider, hear of, think of. See THOUGHTS. 3. To think or think about carefully and at length: chew on (or over), cogitate, consider, contemplate, deliberate, excogitate, meditate, mull, muse1, ponder, reflect, revolve, ruminate, study, think, think out, think over, think through, turn over, weigh. Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain. See THOUGHTS.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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