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engage

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1  —as in:
engage in conversation
Definition to interact in various ways — such as to participate, involve, interest, or attract
The exact meaning of this sense of engage depends upon its context. For example:
  • "They engaged in debate." — participated
  • "She engaged him in conversation." — involved
  • "She is an engaging conversationalist." — interesting
  • "She has an engaging smile." — attractive (attracting interest and interaction)
  • "The proposal engages the interest of many young voters." — attracts and involves
  • "She engages with her constituents." — interacts in a meaningful way
  • She engaged in conduct that is a violation of the honor code.
engaged = was involved
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She enjoys engaging in controversial debates.
  • engaging = participating
  • She doesn't engage in class.
  • engage = get involved in a meaningful way
  • She is an engaging story-teller.
  • engaging = interesting
  • At the time, she was engaged in a research project at Stanford.
  • engaged = involved
  • 10% reported that they engage in at least one argument during most days.
  • engage = participate
  • I admire her civic engagement and service to the community.
  • engagement = meaningful interaction
  • She has an engaging writing style and a good turn of phrase.
  • engaging = interesting
  • English and American troops are already engaged in heavy combat.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • engaged = involved
  • Aunt Alexandra got up from the table and swiftly passed more refreshments, neatly engaging Mrs. Merriweather and Mrs. Gates in brisk conversation.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
engaging = involving

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2  —as in:
engage her services
Definition hire, reserve, book, or occupy
  • The school district engaged the services of her architectural firm.
engaged = hired
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The play's theatre engagement ends on August 1st.
  • engagement = booking or reservation
  • She has a two-week engagement at Carnegie Hall in October.
  • engagement = booking
  • The hobby engages much of my spare time.
  • engages = occupies
  • I engaged a room.
  • engaged = reserved

    (editor's note:  This usage is seldom used today.)
  • I would like to engage your services.
  • engage = hire
  • Ah, you're cross with me because I've been engaged all week, aren't you?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • engaged = busy or occupied
  • And we all took the less explicable step of engaging the parlor of a suite in the Plaza Hotel.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • engaging = occupying
  • He and Winifred had already engaged what they considered to be a suitable staff for the running of his household — people who knew the ropes, he said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • engaged = hired
  • He has an unexpected engagement. ... Asked me if I'd take the Savage to the feelies this evening.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
engagement = activity

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3  —as in:
engaged and then married
Definition promised to marry
  • They were engaged for over a year before they married.
engaged = in a relationship where they promised to marry each other
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She broke off the engagement when she learned he was seeing another woman.
  • engagement = agreement to marry
  • Can I see your engagement ring?
  • engagement = relating to an agreement to marry
  • They knew each other for three years before they became engaged.
  • engaged = promised to marry each other
  • Bep's engaged! ... but Bep doesn't love him, and to me that's enough reason to advise her against marrying him.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • Instead I found out about your engagement to somebody else in the newspaper.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • engagement = agreement to marry
  • Advantageous as would be the alliance, and long standing and public as was the engagement, her happiness must not be sacrificed to it.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • engagement = promise to marry
  • Are they husband and wife, are they divorced, engaged, what?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • He evidently remembered he was engaged to me, for he ran back out and kissed me swiftly in front of Jem.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • engaged = formally promised to be married
  • Of course I knew what they were referring to, but I wasn't even vaguely engaged.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
engaged = in an agreement to marry

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4  —as in:
engage the enemy
Definition begin fighting
  • She engaged the enemy with devastating effect.
engaged = began fighting
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was the first engagement of the 5th Cavalry.
  • engagement = battle
  • We will engage the enemy when they reach the river.
  • engage = begin fighting
  • He decides to walk in the opposite direction from them, reasoning that the Russians are probably heading to engage with the Germans, so getting as far away as possible makes sense.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • engage = begin fighting
  • With such means in his power he had a right to be listened to; and though Mrs. Norris could fidget about the room, and disturb everybody in quest of two needlefuls of thread or a second-hand shirt button, in the midst of her nephew's account of a shipwreck or an engagement, everybody else was attentive;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • engagement = battle
  • Both had recommended reforms to the rules of engagement, particularly concerning the use of deadly force.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
engagement = battle

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5  —as in:
engage the gears
Definition move into position to work; or start
  • The gears will not engage.
engage = move into position to work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This gear should engage with that one.
  • engage = work (mesh or interlock so one turns the other)
  • Engage the cloaking device.
  • engage = start
  • I pulled the lever to engage the gears.
  • engage = put to work
  • She made no response whatever to the clasp of his arm; she did not even try to disengage herself.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • disengage = separate
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengage means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engage as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • disengaged = untangled from his previous position
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengaged means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engaged as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Red in the face, he tried to disengage himself from her embrace.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • disengage = separate
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengage means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engage as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Horror, horror, horror ... he tried to disengage himself; but Lenina tightened her embrace.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • disengage = separate
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengage means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engage as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Hastily he looked away, disengaged his imprisoned arm.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • disengaged = untangled
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengaged means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engaged as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • He started forward to take her in his arms, but she disengaged herself rather hurriedly, partly because she was still holding the tool-bag.
    George Orwell  --  1984
disengaged = separated
(Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disengaged means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of engaged as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)

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