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Entertaiment means agreeable occupation for the mind, diversion, or amusement. It can include activities that give pleasure, such as solving a crossword puzzle or attending a concert. It can also refer to an event, such as a ball or play.
Often, what is entertainment for one group of people may be seen as work or a serious activity by another. This is a reflection of the complexity of our cultural environment, where what was once necessary for survival—such as cooking, hunting and archery—are now leisure activities enjoyed by people worldwide; or where what was once just recreation (such as gardening or playing games) have become professional competitions.
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