Entertaiment is a broad concept that encompasses any activity that provides enjoyment. It can be anything from a single person watching television or selecting a piece of music on the stereo, to performances intended for an audience of thousands. Although it is associated with amusement, entertainment can also be serious or enlightening, as in the case of a religious festival or satire.

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An entertainment is a work that combines objective meaning, communication between text and reader, external stimulus, off ers pleasure, requires an audience, and occurs in a passive form.