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engage
used in Dracula

4 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —4 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
  • When I told her that I must go at once, and that I was engaged on important business, she asked again: "Do you know what day it is?"
    Chapter 1 (27% in)
engaged = involved
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I told him he might have a dozen if he wished, but that it would not be wise to have more than one solicitor engaged in one transaction, as only one could act at a time, and that to change would be certain to militate against his interest.
    Chapter 3 (27% in)
  • engaged = working
  • First mate angry, said it was folly, and to yield to such foolish ideas would demoralise the men, said he would engage to keep them out of trouble with the handspike.
    Chapter 7 (59% in)
  • engage = work
  • I was engaged after dinner in my study posting up my books, which, through press of other work and the many visits to Lucy, had fallen sadly into arrear.
    Chapter 11 (68% in)
engaged = occupied (involved)
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Dracula.

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2  —3 uses as in:
engage her services
Definition
hire, reserve, book, or occupy
  • When your master, employer, what you will, engaged that someone should come on his behalf, it was understood that my needs only were to be consulted.
    Chapter 3 (38% in)
engaged = arranged
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I have no hesitation in asking you, as I know a certain lady is engaged to a certain dinner party, and that you are free.
    Chapter 5 (96% in)
  • engaged = committed
  • There was the old party what engaged me a waitin' in the 'ouse at Purfleet.
    Chapter 20 (24% in)
engaged = hired
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3  —2 uses as in:
engaged and then married
Definition
promised to marry
  • You and I, Mina dear, who are engaged and are going to settle down soon soberly into old married women, can despise vanity.
    Chapter 5 (33% in)
engaged = in an agreement to marry
  • We met some time ago a man that would just do for you, if you were not already engaged to Jonathan.
    Chapter 5 (16% in)
engaged = in an agreement to marry
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4  —1 use as in:
engage the enemy
Definition
begin fighting
  • Thus in the end we may find him in his form of man between the hours of noon and sunset, and so engage with him when he is at his most weak.
    Chapter 18 (66% in)
engage = begin fighting
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