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Definitions of engage

  1. To encounter; to meet in conflict; to embark in any business; to undertake; to promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To pledge or bind by oath or contract; to betroth; to win; as, his smile engages every one to him; in machinery, to come into gear with; make liable for a debt; secure for aid or employment; as, to engage a workman; encounter in battle; occupy the time or attention of; as, to engage one in conversation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To bind by a gage or pledge: to render liable: to gain for service: to enlist: to gain over: to win: to occupy: to enter into contest with. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To bind; gain for service; win; encounter. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To bind by promise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To attract. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To join in conflict with. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To promise or assume an obligation; occupy oneself; as, to engage in business; enter a conflict. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To pledge one's word: to become bound: to take a part: to enter into conflict. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To become bound; take part; enter in to contest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. get caught; as of gears Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. keep engaged; "engaged the gears" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. as of wars, battles, or campaigns; "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. give to in marriage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. To bind oneself by promise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To busy oneself. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To begin or maintain a conflict. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. To bind by compact or promise; to bind as surety; to pawn or stake as a pledge; to enlist; to bespeak; to embark; to win and attach; to attract and fix; to occupy; to encounter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To occupy, as one's time; to undertake; to win, as affection; to hold, as in attention; to embark in, as in business; to bespeak, as rooms or a partner in a dance; to bind one's self as surety; to enlist for a service; to unite by contract; to begin to fight. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for engage

  1. Just to show him that virtue's its own reward, I'm going to engage him. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  2. So, after going on a vain search for a cart to all the neighbouring farmhouses, I was obliged to engage it; but then there was another difficulty, for the key of the coach- house was lost, and I had to wait an hour till a smith could be brought to break it open. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
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