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Definition to entertain — especially with amusing stories

Much more rarely (though common in classic literature), regale can mean to provide with abundant food or drink.
  • Regaled us with tales from her first year at college.
regaled = entertained — especially with amusing stories
  • She loves to regale out-of-towners with amusing stories about the city.
  • Smoking a cigarette, Gertrudis, perfectly at her ease, was regaling them with fantastic stories of the battles she'd been in.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • regaling = entertaining
  • He began to regale her then with tales of other teenage misadventures—from soaping car windows to tepeeing the houses of former girlfriends.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • regale = entertain
  • The first day Boo came, she brought a stack of my photographs and a bagful of vegan carob-chip cookies, which I ate as she regaled me with stories from our photography class exhibition at the Arts Center.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • regaled = entertained
  • To make their case, they regaled me with detailed accounts of their pets' woeful behavior.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Instead, she regaled Joseph and Leslie with stories about the wedding plans, unable to hide her delight at how well it had come together.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • He was hesitant to speak to her, afraid that he'd come off as a wolf, but Harry charged right in, regaling the women with Louie's history.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Preparing the breakfast, I watched them tag one another, run rough-and-tumble around the table, regaling the house.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • As is his new habit, he regales Herold with a monologue on the killings—regrets, desires, and misunderstandings.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Apparently this regal man required unusual amounts of regalement.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Pippa is lying in the hammock while her knight regales her with some tale of chivalrous deeds done on her behalf.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Who would think, then, that such fine ladies and gentlemen should regale themselves with an essence found in the inglorious bowels of a sick whale!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He regales them with tales of his time in the Soviet Union and his work with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • At dinner, though, he would often regale them with some telling point Demosthenes had made in that day's column.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • They looked absurdly young sitting there with their round faces and eager expressions as one girl regaled the group with an amusing story.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • They regaled him with exaggerated stories of his past exploits.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He regaled his grateful audience with talk of-what else?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He could have regaled her for hours with stories about his daughter's grace, about her charm, about her humor and the musical quality of her laughter.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • " 'tis a cat of mine," said the archdeacon, quickly, "who is regaling herself under there with a mouse," This explanation satisfied Charmolue.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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