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engage
used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand

3 meanings, 6 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
  • The Japanese turned on civilians, engaging in killing contests, raping tens of thousands of people, mutilating and crucifying them, and provoking dogs to maul them.
    p. 88.7
engaging = being involved
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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2  —3 uses as in:
engaged and then married
Definition
promised to marry
  • In critical ways, she was engaged to a stranger.
    p. 341.8
engaged = in an agreement to marry
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When she turned twenty-one, he sent her his pay and asked her to find an engagement ring.
    p. 57.7
  • engagement = related to a promise to marry
  • He lost his temper and abruptly said that maybe they should call off the engagement.
    p. 343.7
engagement = agreement to marry
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3  —2 uses as in:
engage the enemy
Definition
begin fighting
  • He'd seen a distant Zero at Wake, but had never been engaged by one.
    p. 94.1
engaged = attacked
  • No Japanese planes or guns engaged him.
    p. 250.6
engaged = attacked
There are no more uses of "engage" flagged with this meaning in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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