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engage
used in The Great Gatsby

3 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —2 uses 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
  • Eluding Jordan's undergraduate, who was now engaged in an obstetrical conversation with two chorus girls, and who implored me to join him, I went inside.
    p. 50.9
engaged = involved
  • One of the girls in yellow was playing the piano, and beside her stood a tall, red-haired young lady from a famous chorus, engaged in song.
    p. 51.1
engaged = involved
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —1 use as in:
engage her services
Definition
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
  • And we all took the less explicable step of engaging the parlor of a suite in the Plaza Hotel.
    p. 126.1
engaging = occupying
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3  —5 uses as in:
engaged and then married
Definition
promised to marry
  • Of course I knew what they were referring to, but I wasn't even vaguely engaged.
    p. 19.9
engaged = in an agreement to marry
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We heard you were engaged to a girl out West.
    p. 19.6
  • engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • We heard that you were engaged.
    p. 19.7
  • engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • She had a debut after the Armistice, and in February she was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans.
    p. 75.8
  • engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • When I had finished she told me without comment that she was engaged to another man.
    p. 177.4
engaged = in an agreement to marry
There are no more uses of "engaged" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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