Entertaiment is any activity that provides amusement or enjoyment, from a one-on-one experience like a movie for two to a performance intended for thousands. Entertainment often seeks to evoke complex emotions, such as joy, sorrow, suspense, or contemplation. It may challenge the intellect, by introducing alternative viewpoints or requiring problem-solving and strategic thinking. It can even be therapeutic, by acting as a mental “cleanse” that relieves stress. It can also be a social activity, such as team sports or multiplayer video games.
From Old French entretenement, from entretenir. See entertain.
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