Definition of Engage

1. Verb. Carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in. "They engaged in a discussion"

Exact synonyms: Prosecute, Pursue
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Commit, Practice, Close, Politick
Derivative terms: Engagement, Prosecution, Pursuer, Pursuit

2. Verb. Consume all of one's attention or time. "They engage themselves"; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
Exact synonyms: Absorb, Engross, Occupy
Specialized synonyms: Involve, Consume, Rivet
Generic synonyms: Interest
Derivative terms: Absorption, Engrossment, Engrossment, Engrossment, Occupation, Occupation

3. Verb. Engage or hire for work. "How many people has she employed?"
Exact synonyms: Employ, Hire
Specialized synonyms: Featherbed, Fill, Ship, Contract, Sign, Sign On, Sign Up, Rat, Farm Out, Job, Subcontract
Derivative terms: Employ, Employee, Employer, Employment, Engagement, Hirer
Antonyms: Fire

4. Verb. Ask to represent; of legal counsel. "I'm retaining a lawyer"
Generic synonyms: Employ, Hire

5. Verb. Give to in marriage.
Exact synonyms: Affiance, Betroth, Plight
Generic synonyms: Vow
Derivative terms: Betrothal, Engagement

6. Verb. Get caught. "Make sure the gear is engaged"
Specialized synonyms: Lock
Generic synonyms: Touch
Antonyms: Disengage
Derivative terms: Engagement

7. Verb. Carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns). "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
Exact synonyms: Wage
Generic synonyms: Contend, Fight, Struggle
Specialized synonyms: Offer, Provide, Put Up
Derivative terms: Engagement

8. Verb. Hire for work or assistance. "Engage aid, help, services, or support"
Exact synonyms: Enlist
Generic synonyms: Procure, Secure
Specialized synonyms: Recruit

9. Verb. Engage for service under a term of contract. "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
Exact synonyms: Charter, Hire, Lease, Rent, Take
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Charter, Lease, Lease, Rent, Rental, Renter

10. Verb. Keep engaged. "Engaged the gears"
Exact synonyms: Lock, Mesh, Operate
Specialized synonyms: Flip, Switch, Throw, Ride
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Antonyms: Disengage
Derivative terms: Engagement, Mesh, Mesh, Meshing, Operation, Operation

Definition of Engage

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.

Definition of Engage

1. Verb. (transitive) To engross or hold the attention of (someone); to keep busy or occupied. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To draw into conversation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To attract, to please; (archaic) to fascinate or win over (someone). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To enter into conflict with (an enemy). ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To enter into battle. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To arrange to employ or use (a worker, a space, etc). ¹

7. Verb. To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch). ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To enter into (an activity), to participate (''construed with'' (term in)). ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something). ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, ''especially'' to marry) (''usually in passive''). ¹

11. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To pledge, pawn (one's property); to put (something) at risk or on the line; to mortgage (houses, land). ¹

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Definition of Engage

1. to employ [v -GAGED, -GAGING, -GAGES] - See also: employ

Lexicographical Neighbors of Engage

engage (current term)
engaged tone
engagement ring
engagement rings

Literary usage of Engage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"An agreement by an outgoing partner not to re-engage in business in or adjacent to the same town in support of a contract for the sale of his interest nepd ..."

2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel (1874)
"... looking liking moue, But no more deepe will I engage mine eye, Then your content giues ... engage ..."

3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... against the squad- ron at Naupactus, and then proceeded to engage it. For the Syracusans thought thnt in this way they would have ..."

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