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engage
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

4 meanings, 6 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
  • Aunt Alexandra got up from the table and swiftly passed more refreshments, neatly engaging Mrs. Merriweather and Mrs. Gates in brisk conversation.
    p. 312.8
engaging = involving
  • Atticus strolled over to Miss Maudie's sidewalk, where they engaged in an arm-waving conversation, the only phrase of which I caught was "...erected an absolute morphodite in that yard!"
    p. 91.0
engaged = participated
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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2  —1 use as in:
engage her services
Definition
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
  • Still in wrist manacles, he wandered two miles out of Meridian where he discovered a small animal show and was immediately engaged to wash the camel.
    p. 187.2
engaged = hired
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3  —2 uses as in:
engaged and then married
Definition
promised to marry
  • He evidently remembered he was engaged to me, for he ran back out and kissed me swiftly in front of Jem.
    p. 74.4
engaged = formally promised to be married
  • There went with the house the usual legend about the Yankees: one Finch female, recently engaged, donned her complete trousseau to save it from raiders in the neighborhood; she became stuck in the door to the Daughters' Staircase but was doused with water and finally pushed through.
    p. 107.1
engaged = entered into an agreement to marry
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4  —1 use as in:
engage the gears
Definition
move into position to work; or start
  • Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me.
    p. 370.7
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.)
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