v. re·galed, re·gal·ing, re·gales
1. To provide with great enjoyment; entertain. See Synonyms at amuse.
2. To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.
1. A great feast.
2. A choice food; a delicacy.
[French régaler, from Old French regal, feast, from gale (influenced by se rigoler, to amuse oneself), from galer, to make merry.]
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