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engage
used in Gulliver's Travels

17 uses
  • But if they find their project has miscarried, they return home, and, for want of enemies, engage in what I call a civil war among themselves.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (51% in)
  • Which two mighty powers have, as I was going to tell you, been engaged in a most obstinate war for six-and-thirty moons past.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (50% in)
  • And I have often had four coaches and horses at once on my table, full of company, while I sat in my chair, leaning my face towards them; and when I was engaged with one set, the coachmen would gently drive the others round my table.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (77% in)
  • I would gladly have taken a dozen of the natives, but this was a thing the emperor would by no means permit; and, besides a diligent search into my pockets, his majesty engaged my honour "not to carry away any of his subjects, although with their own consent and desire."
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (96% in)
  • ...who waited behind him with a white staff, near as tall as the mainmast of the Royal Sovereign, he observed "how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects as I: and yet," says he, "I dare engage these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call houses and cities; they make a figure in dress and equipage; they love, they fight, they dispute, they cheat, they betray!"
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (36% in)
  • And as for that monstrous animal with whom I was so lately engaged (it was indeed as large as an elephant), if my fears had suffered me to think so far as to make use of my hanger," (looking fiercely, and clapping my hand on the hilt, as I spoke) "when he poked his paw into my chamber, perhaps I should have given him such a wound, as would have made him glad to withdraw it with more haste than he put it in."
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (60% in)
  • He then grew serious, and desired to ask me freely, "whether I were not troubled in my mind by the consciousness of some enormous crime, for which I was punished, at the command of some prince, by exposing me in that chest; as great criminals, in other countries, have been forced to sea in a leaky vessel, without provisions: for although he should be sorry to have taken so ill a man into his ship, yet he would engage his word to set me safe ashore, in the first port where we arrived."
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (94% in)
  • ...I were now settled for life?" adding, "that he intended a voyage to the East Indies in two months," at last he plainly invited me, though with some apologies, to be surgeon of the ship; "that I should have another surgeon under me, beside our two mates; that my salary should be double to the usual pay; and that having experienced my knowledge in sea-affairs to be at least equal to his, he would enter into any engagement to follow my advice, as much as if I had shared in the command."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (1% in)
  • While we were ascending, they forgot several times what they were about, and left me to myself, till their memories were again roused by their flappers; for they appeared altogether unmoved by the sight of my foreign habit and countenance, and by the shouts of the vulgar, whose thoughts and minds were more disengaged.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (11% in)
  • If any town should engage in rebellion or mutiny, fall into violent factions, or refuse to pay the usual tribute, the king has two methods of reducing them to obedience.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (28% in)
  • I saw Caesar and Pompey at the head of their troops, just ready to engage.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (65% in)
  • Happy people, who enjoy so many living examples of ancient virtue, and have masters ready to instruct them in the wisdom of all former ages! but happiest, beyond all comparison, are those excellent struldbrugs, who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (83% in)
  • The two creatures stood silent while I spoke, seeming to listen with great attention, and when I had ended, they neighed frequently towards each other, as if they were engaged in serious conversation.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (8% in)
  • While we were thus engaged, I observed a cow passing by, whereupon I pointed to her, and expressed a desire to go and milk her.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (13% in)
  • ...therefore, to his honour's commands, I related to him the Revolution under the Prince of Orange; the long war with France, entered into by the said prince, and renewed by his successor, the present queen, wherein the greatest powers of Christendom were engaged, and which still continued: I computed, at his request, "that about a million of Yahoos might have been killed in the whole progress of it; and perhaps a hundred or more cities taken, and five times as many ships burnt or sunk."
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (32% in)
  • Sometimes the ambition of princes, who never think they have land or people enough to govern; sometimes the corruption of ministers, who engage their master in a war, in order to stifle or divert the clamour of the subjects against their evil administration.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (32% in)
  • ] My master was yet wholly at a loss to understand what motives could incite this race of lawyers to perplex, disquiet, and weary themselves, and engage in a confederacy of injustice, merely for the sake of injuring their fellow-animals; neither could he comprehend what I meant in saying, they did it for hire.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (39% in)

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