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engage
used in Brave New World

3 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —1 use 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
  • Half a dozen nurses ... were engaged in setting out bowls of roses in a long row across the floor.
    p. 19.5
engaged = involved
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Brave New World.

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2  —1 use as in:
engage her services
Definition
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
  • He has an unexpected engagement.
    p. 165.2
engagement = activity
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Brave New World.

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3  —3 uses as in:
engage the gears
Definition
move into position to work; or start
  • Red in the face, he tried to disengage himself from her embrace.
    p. 150.9
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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Hastily he looked away, disengaged his imprisoned arm.
    p. 169.8
  • 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.)
  • Horror, horror, horror ... he tried to disengage himself; but Lenina tightened her embrace.
    p. 192.5
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.)
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Brave New World.

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