engage: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (en-gāj'), [key]
— v., -gaged, -gag•ing.
- to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation.
- to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room.
- to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest.
- to attract or please: His good nature engages everyone.
- to bind, as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; make liable: He engaged himself to repay his debt within a month.
- to betroth (usually used in the passive): They were engaged last week.
- to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with: Our army engaged the enemy.
- to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
- to attach or secure.
- to entangle or involve.
- to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in business or politics.
- to take employment: She engaged in her mother's business.
- to pledge one's word; assume an obligation: I was unwilling to engage on such terms.
- to cross weapons; enter into conflict: The armies engaged early in the morning.
- (of gears or the like) to interlock.
Pronunciation: (Fr. än-ga-zhā'), [key]
- choosing to involve oneself in or commit oneself to something: Some of the political activists grew less engagé as the years passed.
- engage (Thesaurus)