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Dictionary Definition

engage

Verb

1 carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion" [syn: prosecute, pursue]
2 engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely" [syn: absorb, engross, occupy]
3 engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?" [syn: hire, employ] [ant: fire]
4 ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
5 give to in marriage [syn: betroth, affiance, plight]
6 get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged" [ant: disengage]
7 as of wars, battles, or campaigns; "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe" [syn: wage]
8 as of aid, help, services, or support [syn: enlist]
9 engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?" [syn: lease, rent, hire, charter, take]
10 keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: mesh, lock, operate] [ant: disengage]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Old (and modern) French engager (from the same base as English wage).

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To pledge, to put something at risk or on the line.
  2. To guarantee or promise (to do something.)
  3. To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) (usually in passive)
  4. To engross or hold the attention of someone.
  5. In the context of "transitive|archaic": To fascinate or win over someone.
  6. To employ or obtain the services of someone.
  7. To reserve or arrange the use of.
  8. To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch).
  9. To cause to mesh or interlock.
    Whenever I engage the clutch, the car stalls out.
  10. To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).
  11. To keep busy or occupied.
  12. To attract, to draw into conversation.
  13. To enter into conflict with (an enemy).
  14. To enter into battle.
  15. To bring together or prepare before fighting.
  16. In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  17. To bring the enemy under fire. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).

Translations

to pledge, to put something at risk or on the line
to guarantee or promise (to do something.)
to bind through legal or moral obligation
to engross or hold the attention of someone
to fascinate or win over someone
to employ or obtain the services of someone
  • Finnish: palkata
to reserve or arrange the use of something
to ensnare or physically entangle
to mesh or interlock
  • Finnish: kytkeä
  • Spanish: embragar
to enter into (an activity), to participate (+ in.)
to keep busy or occupied
to attract, to draw into conversation
to enter into conflict with (an enemy.)
to enter into battle
to bring together or prepare before fighting
In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target
to bring the enemy under fire

French

Pronunciation

  • /ɑ̃gaʒ/

Verb

engage
  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of engager
  2. first-, third-person singular sunjunctive present of engager
  3. second-person singular imperative of engager

Extensive Definition

Engage may refer to:
engage in Spanish: embragar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absorb, absorb the attention, accept obligation, affiance, agree, agree to, answer for, appeal, approach, arrest, assault, assay, attack, attempt, attend to business, attract, bargain, bargain for, battle, be answerable for, be attractive, be responsible for, be security for, beckon, become engaged, bespeak, betroth, bind, book, brief, bring, busy, captivate, capture, carry, catch, catch up in, chance, charm, clash with, coact, combat, commit, compact, concern, contract, contract an engagement, contract for, cooperate, covenant, decide, determine, devote, dispose, do a deal, do battle, dovetail, draw, draw in, embark on, embarrass, employ, enchant, encounter, engage in, engage in battle, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind, engross the thoughts, enlist, enmesh, entangle, enter into, enthrall, essay, exercise, face, fascinate, fetch, fight, get to do, give battle, go bail for, grab, grapple with, grip, guarantee, have an understanding, hire, hold, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hypnotize, imbue, immerse, implicate, incline, indenture, induce, influence, interact, interchange, interest, interest in, interlace, interlock, intermesh, interplay, intertwine, interweave, interwork, invite, involve, involve the interest, join battle, join battle with, join issue, lead, lift a finger, lure, make a deal, make an attempt, make an effort, meet, mesh, mesmerize, mind the store, monopolize, mortise, obligate, obsess, occupy, occupy the attention, offer, partake in, participate in, pass, pass the time, pledge, plight, preengage, preoccupy, procure, promise, prompt, publish the banns, put on, recruit, rent, reserve, retain, secure, shake hands on, sign on, sign up, sign up for, soak, spellbind, spend, spend the time, stipulate, strike, suck into, summon, sway, take into employment, take on, take part in, take the vows, take up, tangle, tantalize, tease, tempt, tickle, tie, tie up, titillate, troth, try, try conclusions, undertake, venture, venture on, venture upon, whet the appetite
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