I found this line at the end of an application. What does it mean actually? When to use it?

Thank you for entertaining my application.

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    In this context, entertain=consider. – Xanne Jan 6 at 0:01
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    I don't believe "entertaining an application" is idiomatic though; the verb "entertain", given this particular acceptation, seems to take on high-pitched connotations. – LPH Jan 6 at 0:21
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    It's not a good match here. Use entertain in this sense for the abstract: an idea, a notion, a possibility. I wouldn't even entertain that as a fantasy. Goes to the general advice to use what you know (rather than looking stuff up in a dictionary and thinking you added value to your vocabulary). – Yosef Baskin Jan 6 at 0:21

The maker of the sentence may have meant the meaning of "consider/think about".

about "entertain"

  1. invite sb to eat/drink with you

The Bradfords always entertained lavishly at Christmas.

They entertained us to lunch in their new house.

  1. interest/amuse sb

Everyone was thoroughly entertained.

She entertained us with stories of her travels.

Phrases ~ and educate, ~ and enlighten, ~ and inform | keep sb ~ed

Films can entertain and educate, make you laugh or cry.

We hired a magician to keep the children entertained.

  1. think about an idea/hope/feeling

I am amazed that such a crazy idea could be seriously entertained.

She would make no promises, but was willing to entertain the idea.


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