From escapism to education, catharsis to cerebral engagement, entertainment is a broad category that appeals to individuals across a wide spectrum of tastes, preferences, and emotional states. Some find comfort in familiar forms of entertainment like music, film, or literature that offer a way to explore a range of emotions in a controlled setting, while others prefer thought-provoking experiences such as documentaries or puzzles. Others may choose to entertain themselves by participating in team sports or multiplayer video games that require strategic thinking. Click on a collocation to see examples of Entertaiment in context.
This article was originally published in September 2012. It has been updated and expanded.