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To keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain
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  1. To keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain
  2. To cause to laugh or smile by being funny:
  3. To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion:
To turn aside.
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  1. To turn aside.
  2. To turn (a person or thing) aside from a course, direction, etc. into another; deflect
  3. To turn aside from a course or direction:
To make happier or more cheerful:
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  1. To make happier or more cheerful:
  2. To fill with joy, good spirits, and hope; gladden; comfort
  3. To be or become cheerful; feel encouraged
To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable:
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  1. To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable:
  2. If it is your desire or pleasure; if you please. Used in polite requests:
  3. Used to make a polite request.
To involve the interest, or concern, of; have an effect upon
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  1. To involve the interest, or concern, of; have an effect upon
  2. To cause to become involved or concerned with:
  3. To arouse the curiosity or hold the attention of:
To make active, vivacious, interesting, or cheerful; liven up or brighten
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  1. To make active, vivacious, interesting, or cheerful; liven up or brighten
  2. To make more lively, cheerful or interesting.
To take great pleasure or joy:
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  1. To take great pleasure or joy:
  2. To please greatly:
  3. To give great pleasure or joy:
To amuse or charm; delight or fascinate.
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  1. To amuse or charm; delight or fascinate.
  2. To pass (time) pleasantly; while away
  3. To deprive (someone) of something by guile or deceit; cheat:
To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.
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  1. To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.
  2. To provide hospitality for (someone); to supply with abundant food and drink. [from 17th c.]
  3. (Figuratively) To entertain with something that delights; to gratify; to refresh.
To express formally or in legal form
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  1. To express formally or in legal form
  2. To write out in large letters of a kind once used for legal documents
  3. To take the entire attention of; occupy wholly; absorb
To hold or fill (an office or position).
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  1. To hold or fill (an office or position).
  2. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of:
  3. To take up or fill up (space, time, etc.)
(Now Rare) To make a slave of; enslave
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  1. (Now Rare) To make a slave of; enslave
  2. To hold spellbound; to bewitch, charm or captivate.
  3. To hold spellbound; captivate:
To delight or fascinate:
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  1. To delight or fascinate:
  2. To use magic spells.
  3. To induce by means of strong personal attractiveness:
To capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.; fascinate; charm
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  1. To capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.; fascinate; charm
  2. Glanvill
  3. To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit.
To create a likeness or copy of.
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  1. To create a likeness or copy of.
  2. To impart fresh life to; refresh mentally or physically.
  3. To put fresh life into; refresh or restore in body or mind, esp. after work, by play, amusement, or relaxation
To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion:
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  1. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion:
  2. To arouse or produce (a thought or feeling)
  3. To cause someone to have (a feeling or reaction); elicit or arouse:
  1. To strengthen or hearten; give impetus or vigour
  2. To put spirit into; give life or courage to; cheer; exhilarate
To rouse to action or increased activity; excite:
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  1. To rouse to action or increased activity; excite:
  2. To cause to be interested or engaged:
  3. To increase temporarily the activity of something such as a body organ or system.
To make cheerful, merry, or lively
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  1. To make cheerful, merry, or lively
  2. To invigorate; stimulate:
  3. To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate:
To give in to (a desire); indulge:
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  1. To give in to (a desire); indulge:
  2. To please or satisfy:
  3. To give pleasure or satisfaction
To give what is due to
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  1. To give what is due to
  2. To fulfill the need, desire, or expectation of:
  3. To discharge (a debt or obligation, for example) in full.
US spelling of humour.
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  1. US spelling of humour.
  2. To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another) in order to keep that person satisfied or unaware of criticism; indulge:
  3. One of the four fluids of the body—blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile—whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval medicine to determine general health and character.
To cause to feel worried or uneasy; unsettle:
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  1. To cause to feel worried or uneasy; unsettle:
  2. To attract (the attention) away from its original focus; divert.
  3. To cause (someone) to have difficulty paying attention to something:
To yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to
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  1. To yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to
  2. To engage or take part, especially freely or avidly:
  3. To give way to one's own desires; indulge oneself (in something)
To lessen or allay (grief, sorrow, etc.)
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  1. To lessen or allay (grief, sorrow, etc.)
  2. To give solace to; comfort; console
  3. To comfort, cheer, or console, as in trouble or sorrow.
To release from intense concentration, hard work, worry, etc.; give rest to
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  1. To release from intense concentration, hard work, worry, etc.; give rest to
  2. To become less tense or stern, as one's features
  3. To rest from effort, worry, or work, as by lying down, engaging in recreation, etc.
(Intransitive) To enjoy oneself in a jolly and festive manner.
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  1. (Intransitive) To enjoy oneself in a jolly and festive manner.
To amuse (oneself) in a light, frolicsome manner.
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  1. To amuse (oneself) in a light, frolicsome manner.
  2. To display ostentatiously
  3. To remove from a port; to carry away.
To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
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  1. To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
  2. To soothe in distress or sorrow; ease the misery or grief of; bring consolation or hope to
  3. To give a sense of ease to
To raise the spirits of; make very proud, happy, or joyful
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  1. To raise the spirits of; make very proud, happy, or joyful
  2. To fill with great joy or happiness; delight:
(Archaic) To be or become glad
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  1. (Archaic) To be or become glad
  2. To make glad:
  3. To cause (something) to become more glad.
To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
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  1. To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
  2. To please, gratify, delight, etc.
  3. To excite the surface nerves of, as by touching or stroking lightly with the finger, a feather, etc., in a way that causes involuntary twitching, a pleasant tingling, laughter, etc.
(Sports) To receive a pass or a kicked ball, for example.
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  1. (Sports) To receive a pass or a kicked ball, for example.
  2. To experience or be subjected to; meet with:
  3. To greet, welcome, or be visited by:
To ask courteously to come somewhere or do something; request the presence or participation of
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  1. To ask courteously to come somewhere or do something; request the presence or participation of
  2. To tend to bring on; provoke:
  3. To tend to bring on; give occasion for
To deal with a subject or topic in writing or speech. Often used with of :
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  1. To deal with a subject or topic in writing or speech. Often used with of :
  2. To give medical aid to counteract (a disease or condition):
  3. To provide with food, entertainment, or gifts at one's own expense:
(Figuratively) To entertain with something that delights; to gratify; to refresh.
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  1. (Figuratively) To entertain with something that delights; to gratify; to refresh.
  2. To provide hospitality for (someone); to supply with abundant food and drink. [from 17th c.]
  3. To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.
To take recreation.
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  1. To take recreation.
  2. To create a likeness or copy of.
  3. To put fresh life into; refresh or restore in body or mind, esp. after work, by play, amusement, or relaxation
To give in to (a desire); indulge:
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  1. To give in to (a desire); indulge:
  2. To please or satisfy:
  3. To give pleasure or satisfaction
To give food to; provide food for
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  1. To give food to; provide food for
  2. To provide something necessary for the growth, development, or existence of; nourish; sustain
  3. To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation:
(Intransitive) To eat lavishly.
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To provide software that offers data or services, hardware, or both over a computer network.
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  1. To provide software that offers data or services, hardware, or both over a computer network.
  2. To serve as host to or at:
  3. An organism or cell on or in which a parasite lives or feeds. &diamf3; A definitive host is an organism in which a parasite reaches sexual maturity. The anopheles mosquito is the definitive host for the malaria plasmodium because, while the mosquito is not adversely affected by the plasmodium's presence, it is the organism in which the plasmodium matures and reproduces. &diamf3; An intermediate host is an organism in which a parasite develops but does not attain sexual maturity. Humans and certain other vertebrates are the intermediate host of the malaria plasmodium. &diamf3; A paratenic host is an organism which may be required for the completion of a parasite's life cycle but in which no development of the parasite occurs. The unhatched eggs of nematodes are sometimes carried in a paratenic host such as a bird or rodent. When a predator eats the paratenic host, the eggs are ingested as well.
(Idiomatic) Perform a duty
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  1. (Idiomatic) Perform a duty
  2. (Idiomatic) Act as a host to guests
To meet, receive, or acknowledge in a specified way; greet
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  1. To meet, receive, or acknowledge in a specified way; greet
  2. To greet, receive, or entertain (another or others) cordially or hospitably.
  3. To receive or accept with pleasure or satisfaction
(Idiomatic) To extend the utmost hospitality; to treat someone as an honored guest; to welcome or host, especially in a showy or extravagant manner.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To extend the utmost hospitality; to treat someone as an honored guest; to welcome or host, especially in a showy or extravagant manner.
To meditate or muse, sometimes specif. in a religious or mystical way
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  1. To meditate or muse, sometimes specif. in a religious or mystical way
  2. To think about intently; study carefully
  3. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder:
(Idiomatic) To consider, to contemplate, to intend.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To consider, to contemplate, to intend.
To live or exist
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  1. To live or exist
  2. To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling):
  3. To give shelter to:
To take good care of; protect; foster
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  1. To take good care of; protect; foster
  2. To hold dear; feel or show love for
  3. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious principle.
To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion:
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  1. To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion:
  2. To cause to laugh or smile by being funny:
  3. To keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain
To turn aside.
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  1. To turn aside.
  2. To turn aside from a course or direction:
  3. To amuse; entertain
To take recreation.
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  1. To take recreation.
  2. To put fresh life into; refresh or restore in body or mind, esp. after work, by play, amusement, or relaxation
  3. To create a likeness or copy of.
To provide hospitality for (someone); to supply with abundant food and drink. [from 17th c.]
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  1. To provide hospitality for (someone); to supply with abundant food and drink. [from 17th c.]
  2. To delight with something pleasing or amusing
  3. (Figuratively) To entertain with something that delights; to gratify; to refresh.
To think carefully about (something), especially before making a decision;
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  1. To think carefully about (something), especially before making a decision;
  2. To think or deem to be; regard as:
  3. To show consideration for:
To become aware of (a subject, person) through second-hand knowledge, or not through personal experience.
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  1. To become aware of (a subject, person) through second-hand knowledge, or not through personal experience.
To create in one's mind; to originate an idea through thought.
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  1. To create in one's mind; to originate an idea through thought.
(Idiomatic) to consider, to ponder
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To think seriously and deeply (about); ponder; meditate; consider
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  1. To think seriously and deeply (about); ponder; meditate; consider
To think or deem to be; regard as:
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  1. To think or deem to be; regard as:
  2. To show consideration for:
  3. To regard as; think to be
To look at attentively and thoughtfully:
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  1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully:
  2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder:
  3. To think about intently; study carefully
To think or consider carefully and fully; esp., to consider reasons for and against a thing in order to make up one's mind
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  1. To think or consider carefully and fully; esp., to consider reasons for and against a thing in order to make up one's mind
  2. To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives.
  3. To consider carefully
To contrive, devise, or invent by such thought
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  1. To contrive, devise, or invent by such thought
  2. To consider or think (something) out carefully and thoroughly.
To engage in meditation regarding (a religious mystery, for example).
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  1. To engage in meditation regarding (a religious mystery, for example).
  2. To engage in focused thought on scriptural passages or on particular doctrines or mysteries of a religion, especially Christianity.
  3. To think deeply and continuously; reflect; muse
To ruminate; ponder:
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  1. To ruminate; ponder:
  2. To heat and spice (wine, for example).
  3. To think about extensively; ponder.
To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in thought.
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  1. To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in thought.
  2. To consider or say thoughtfully:
  3. To think or say meditatively
To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.
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  1. To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.
  2. To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
  3. To weigh mentally; think deeply about; consider carefully
(Intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
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  1. (Intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
  2. To give something back, as light or sound:
  3. To think seriously.
To cause to travel in a circle or orbit
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  1. To cause to travel in a circle or orbit
  2. To turn on an axis; rotate.
  3. To be oriented (around or about something regarded as a center)
To chew (the cud), as a cow does
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  1. To chew (the cud), as a cow does
  2. To reflect on over and over again.
  3. To turn (something) over in the mind; meditate (on)
To give attention, thought, or consideration to
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  1. To give attention, thought, or consideration to
  2. To perform a study of; investigate:
  3. To read (a book, lesson, etc.) so as to know and understand it
To consider or weigh an idea:
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  1. To consider or weigh an idea:
  2. To allow oneself to consider
  3. To reason about or reflect on; ponder:
(Idiomatic) To ponder or reflect on a subject.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To ponder or reflect on a subject.
To fully consider an action, and understand all its consequences.
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  1. To fully consider an action, and understand all its consequences.
(Sports) To give up control (of the ball and thus the ability to score).
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  1. (Sports) To give up control (of the ball and thus the ability to score).
  2. To flip over; to rotate uppermost to bottom.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see turn,"Ž over.
  1. (Naut.) weigh anchor (see phrase under anchor)
  2. To balance or ponder in the mind; consider in order to make a choice
  3. To consider and choose carefully
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