Something that affords pleasure, diversion, or amusement: She enjoys solving the daily crossword puzzle as entertainment.

In the broadest sense, any activity involving enjoyment and recreation can be considered entertainment. Some, such as music and dancing, have evolved from their original purposes—to provide a pleasant distraction or divert attention—to become serious sports, or even professions, for participants and audiences alike. And others, such as cooking, which was once a necessary skill for the survival of some, have developed into competitions among professionals and global audiences for entertainment.

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